Horse paintings are amongst the most popular artworks in the world. These paintings have been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Greece, giving us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of early man and the animals he used to hunt and ride.
Early Greeks would often paint the horses of their victories, using the skin of the animal and the hair from the mane to create a stunning depiction of the animal and its rider. Some of the images were done with actual blood or saliva, as part of the ritualistic part of a hunt, and as a reminder of the animal’s death. Other artists would add to the effect of the painting by having feathers and hooves in the paintings.
The first people to use horse-drawn carriages on the streets of Rome and other cities in Europe are thought to have begun the tradition of horse-drawn carvings, which became a popular form of wall decoration. Paintings of the famous Roman Emperors often contain horses, perhaps as a way of showing their superiority over the common horse.
During the Middle Ages, these images became popular to those early Europeans who travelled far from home to hunt and ride. They brought the paintings back to their homeland and used them as a way of adorning their homes and churches. One of the largest of the artists to become known at the time was Michelangelo, a member of the Medici family who was well versed in the Italian language. When he started painting, horse paintings quickly became hugely popular.
Horses were very much part of life back then, and in most cases they were a source of work, for the rich and famous. They were used as race horses and also used as mounts for the wealthy and powerful. There was also a growing demand for the horses in the field of breeding as they had a better chance of survival than the common horse.
In the late sixteenth century, artists such as Titian, Delacroix and Rubens began to produce horse-drawn carvings as a means of beautifying horses themselves. The popularity of this art has never waned since then, with the majority of people who have horse paintings still happy with their choice of horses as a source of income. These days, many people find it difficult to make a living from horse drawing because the industry is now dominated by highly mechanized techniques. Horse painters no longer use the hands of the artist; instead and are often using computers to create beautiful paintings that feature the horse and its rider.
However, these paintings are often very popular in western countries, and often used as mementos of an era long gone by. In fact, many European countries have a large market for them as collectors’ items, even though they have been created for a relatively new market, as a reminder of the rich history and the rich culture of those times.
There is much debate over what forms of horse painting should be included in the works of art of the modern day. Some people think that paintings should be realistic and portraying true life, while others feel that animals should be shown as they are, and that the horse should be painted as if it were part of their lives, rather than a creation of the artist’s imagination.
There is also a great number of horse paintings that are based on mythology and folklore, such as that of Celtic and Greek mythology. Although many of these designs have been rejected by modern art historians because they contain elements that are not representative of the actual horses of that period, they still represent the passion and the beauty of those times. Some people believe that some of these are beautiful and are even worth collecting, but many art historians do not. take these types of horse paintings to be examples of poor workmanship.
For the most part, contemporary artists are very happy to include realistic images of modern horses in their work. It is easy to see that the horses that are so often featured in modern artworks, such as that of the famous “Happy Horses”, by Pablo Picasso, have very little chance of survival in a world where they are largely extinct. In this world, horses have little or no role in society, apart from being a source of transport for a wealthy few.
The horses in modern art were originally the subject of ridicule and were looked down upon by those in the past. But now horses are often treated as an important part of our culture, and many of the most popular artists have included them in their works of art. They provide us with a glimpse into a past age when things were much simpler and more romantic than the one we know today.