Author(s): Rachel Barnes
Gillian's pick... (Art) The fascinating history of humanity's bond with the horse is spectacularly brought to life in this beautifully illustrated volume. With over 100 giant images from the extraordinary Parthenon Frieze to the thoroughbred portraits of Stubbs; and from the enigmatic paintings of Edgar Degas to the contemporary creations of Damien Hirst, this book will delight horse and art lovers alike. Drawing on his extensive equestrian knowledge, Simon Barnes tells the story of horses and their unique relationship with humans. Rachel Barnes, as art historian, traces changes and development in Western art revealed through paintings and sculptures of the horse and explores the animal's role as the subject of myth and legend, as a symbol of royal power and authority, as the subject of anatomical scrutiny and the embodiment of strength and beauty."The Horse" covers the following periods: ancient civilizations and the horse; the horse in the age of chivalry; horses in renaissance and Baroque art; horses in nineteenth-century art; and, modern tributes to the horse.
- an invigoratingly fresh tack - Two different worlds meet in a wonderfully passionate appreciation of horsey pictures - Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times. - wonderfully straightforward, concise text - Daily Telegraph.
Rachel Barnes is an art historian and art critic. She is a lecturer at the National Gallery and Tate Gallery.Simon Barnes, Rachel's brother, is the multi-award winning chief sportswriter of The Times. He has written 15 books, including Horsesweat and Tears, Miss Chance, On Horseback and the bestselling How to be a Bad Birdwatcher. He has competed in eventing, showjumping, dressage and endurance.
An Atavistic Bond: The Horse in Early Art. 1200-1450 Honour and Glory: The Horse in the Age of Chivalry. 1450-1600 Beasts of Flesh and Blood: The Renaissance Horse. 1600-1700 Pride and Performance: The Baroque Horse. 1700-1800 Equus Superstar: The Horse in the Age of Enlightenment. 1800-1870 Sentient Creatures: The Romantic Horse. 1870-1900 A New Era: The Horse and the Break with Tradition. 1900- Revolution: The Horse in Modern Art. Index.