288 pages, 250 colour illustrations
Of all man's fellow-creatures, the horse, with its inherent gracefulness, intelligence, speed, resilience and courage, has inspired the strongest feelings of empathy – an affinity reflected in more than 30,000 years of artistic representation in both East and West. This stunningly illustrated history of the horse in art documents the creative journey from prehistoric cave painting to the war horses of Uccello, the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs, the enigmatic prints of Elisabeth Frink and beyond. It explores the role of the horse in Eastern imagery and as the subject of myth and legend; as a symbol of power and an ally in war; as the subject of anatomical scrutiny and the Romantic embodiment of human feeling; and as the emblem of sporting pleasures and prowess. The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art sheds particular light on man's relationship with the horse, and on the story of equine evolution from the stocky primitive to today's thoroughbred. The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art includes detailed information on the breeds depicted in each work of art and is a compelling read for horse lovers and anyone interested in equestrian art.
Fascinating study - a work of considerable scholarship - lively and detailed - Pickeral's splendid book will appeal to everyone - THE SATURDAY TELEGRAPH REVIEW Whether or not you like horses, or history, or art, this book should answer many questions and inform, as well as delight. It is massive, meaty and luscious. Find a quiet corner and dive in - ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS
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Tamsin Pickeral is a writer specializing in both art and horsemanship. Her books include The Horse Owner's Bible (forthcoming), Turner, Whistler, Monet (2005), Charles Rennie Mackintosh (2005) and The Encyclopedia of Horses and Ponies (2001).