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The Horse in Art
 
 
Author
John Baskett.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 10.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780300117400
Pages/Publication Date 192/2006
Daedalus Item Code 41415
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The first curator of the Paul Mellon art collection, and Mellon's assistant in writing the autobiography Reflections in a Silver Spoon, John Baskett originally produced this remarkable visual study of the horse as an icon of human culture in 1980. This 2006 edition improves upon his long out-of-print gem, with additional color plates (150 total), a new chapter on the 20th century, and a biographical index of the artists represented, including William Blake, Edgar Degas, Frederic Remington, Lady Elizabeth Butler, El Greco, and Pablo Picasso. We see the horse in ancient civilizations, in the wars of the Middle Ages, in anatomical Renaissance studies, in naturalistic depictions of later centuries, and in modern abstractions.

"In every age, artists have vacillated between steadfast devotion to correct anatomical detail and dreamlike impressions. George Stubbs was so determined to achieve scientific precision he spent eight years dissecting and sketching horse carcasses, leaving his The Anatomy of a Horse as a legacy to other artists, whereas Rubens' horses were as imaginatively curvaceous and sensual as the women he painted. Horses in the midst of barely remembered battles grace the frescos of ancient Greece and Rome, and Frederick Remington's poignant sculptures of the Old West portray vibrant scenes between men and horses. Humankind's love for and dependence on this powerful and beautiful animal are boundless, as proved by this densely illustrated volume."Booklist

 
 
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