The Horse, featuring outstanding works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, celebrates the central role this unique animal has played in human art and civilisation.
The horse is synonymous with exploration, colonisation and warfare. From as early as 281 AD, many cultures have relied on this noble animal, and some consider them to be divine. For this reason, horse symbolism in art is evident throughout the millennia.
This beautifully illustrated edition, panoramic in its historical breadth and encyclopaedic in its range of media, examines themes including myth, legend and miracle, conflict, pageant, pleasure and labour. Favourite works of art are featured, such as Sidney Nolan’s Kelly with horse, 1955, and Odilon Redon’s Pegasus, c. 1900–05. The Horse is a visual exploration of the equine’s truly remarkable presence in art, history and mythology.