Book by Baskett John
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The horse is an icon of civilization. Man has long depended on the horse in farming, transportation, war, religion, and exploration, and as a consequence we have a wonderfully rich legacy of horses depicted in art. This spectacular book presents the horse in its many roles since its discovery and domestication until the present day. Distinguished author John Baskett begins with the horse in ancient civilizations, including masterpieces from Asia, and then discusses the horse in the Middle Ages, in which the animal was bred for warfare and agriculture and is represented in such scenes as the Bayeaux Tapestry. Renaissance artists, whose interest in horses was as great as that for the human form, are then discussed, evidence of which is shown in the skillful drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. The 17th century brought beautiful examples of naturalism from such masters as Peter Paul Rubens, while George Stubbs became the premier horse painter in 18th-century England. Works by Americans George Catlin and Frederic Remington are also explored, along with exquisite miniatures of natural scenes produced by Persian and Mughal painters from varying periods. A new edition of a long out-of-print gem, The Horse in Art brings artistic representation of the horse to life, with additional illustrations, a new chapter on the 20th century, and the inclusion of biographies of the artists featured in the book. With beautiful color reproductions and an accessible text, this book is a unique and indispensable guide to the changing cultural perspectives, artistic styles, and symbolic interpretations associated with its timeless and much-loved subject.Reseña del editor:
"The horse is an archetypal symbol which will always find ways to stir up deep and moving ancestral memories in every human being." So wrote Paul Mellon, one of the most accomplished and admired collectors of equestrian art. Indeed, among the earliest records of image-making, the ancient cave paintings at Lascaux, France, are visible manifestations of this enduring fascination. With examples from 10,000 B.C. to today, "The Horse in Art" shows how in sketches and statues, watercolours and oils, artists have continually immortalized these creatures as images of freedom, strength, and nobility. This magnificent new edition of the long out-of-print gem brings artistic representation of the horse to life again, with additional illustrations, a new chapter on the twentieth century, and the addition of biographies of the artists featured in the book - a distinguished company including Michelangelo, Titian, Blake, Degas, and Picasso. From the mythic horses of the Parthenon frieze to the grand canvases of George Stubbs, from Albrecht Durer's exquisite woodcuts to Jacques-Louis David's iconic Bonaparte Crossing the Alps, and from ancient Chinese bronzes to a recent sculpture by Anthony Caro, John Baskett has brought together images of horses of all types - racehorses, war-horses, wild Arabian steeds, and humble packhorses. With beautiful colour reproductions and an accessible text, this book is a unique and indispensable guide to the changing cultural perspectives, artistic styles, and symbolic interpretations associated with its timeless and much loved subject.
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