Animals have been a constant source of inspiration for many artists. From depictions of rural life and growth to myths and legends, animals have been and continue to be highly symbolic protagonists in the visual arts.

In this genre, Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Max Liebermann, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Robert Longo, and Damien Hirst, among others, are considered important artists.

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Animals in Art

It is said that every person has an animal whose characteristics correspond to their own soul in a special way. While some can surround themselves with their spirit animal directly as a pet, others are limited to rare encounters or distant relationships with animals.

An image of our animal companions conveys their character traits, peculiarities, and individual strengths. It can give us strength and remind us that we, as humans, originally originate from nature and therefore feel fundamentally connected to all living beings.

Animal myths have been around as long as humanity itself and are often closely intertwined with the fate of humans. Gods often walk the earth in animal form, or they are hybrid creatures, half animal, half human, whose supernatural abilities blend the power and mysticism of nature with human ingenuity.

Finally, animals are also the ultimate measure of the procreative power of nature, which has brought forth the most fascinating creatures on our planet throughout evolution.

It is, therefore, not surprising that art has also dedicated itself significantly to animal depictions, some of which we present to you here as particularly noteworthy.