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Animals

From gazelles on Neolithic cave walls to Rosa Bonheur's stallions, animals have always been found in art. They represent our own ferocity or remind us of a more instinctual life. All we know is that history loved cat pictures almost as much as we do.

Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall1911
Bird Returning to its Nest

Bird Returning to its Nest

Georges Braque1956
Wing of a Roller

Wing of a Roller

Albrecht Dürer1500
The Little Owl

The Little Owl

Albrecht Dürer1506
Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d'Or’

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d'Or’

Natalia Goncharova1914
Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant

Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant

1750
Rocky Coast and Gulls

Rocky Coast and Gulls

Winslow Homer1869
Autumn Landscape with a Flock of Turkeys

Autumn Landscape with a Flock of Turkeys

Jean-François Millet1872-1873
Still Life with Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells

Still Life with Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells

Clara Peeters1611
Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

John James Audubon1827-1838
American Flamingo

American Flamingo

John James Audubon1827-1838
Bonapartian Gull

Bonapartian Gull

John James Audubon1827-1838
Iceland, or Jer Falcon

Iceland, or Jer Falcon

John James Audubon1827-1838
Long-tailed, or Dusky Grous

Long-tailed, or Dusky Grous

John James Audubon1827-1838
Puffin

Puffin

John James Audubon1827-1838
Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

John James Audubon1827-1838
Summer Red Bird

Summer Red Bird

John James Audubon1827-1838
Warbling Flycatcher

Warbling Flycatcher

John James Audubon1827-1838
Bird Wandering Off

Bird Wandering Off

Paul Klee1926
The Bird Men of Burnley

The Bird Men of Burnley

Leonora Carrington1970
The Giantess

The Giantess

Leonora Carrington1947
Bird Bath

Bird Bath

Leonora Carrington1974
Wheatfield with Crows

Wheatfield with Crows

Vincent Van Gogh1890
Butterflies

Butterflies

Odilon Redon1910
Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian1679
Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly

Branch of West Indian Cherry with Achilles Morpho Butterfly

Maria Sibylla Merian1702-1703
L'epidoptera

L'epidoptera

Leonora Carrington1968
Portrait of Pierre Loti

Portrait of Pierre Loti

Henri Rousseau1891
Fighting Cats

Fighting Cats

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes1786-1788
Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker

Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker

Cecilia Beaux1898
Sita and Sarita

Sita and Sarita

Cecilia Beaux1921
A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel

Judith Leyster1635
Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread

Boy with a cat, red hat and a piece of bread

Judith Leyster1630
La Baronne Emile D'Erlanger

La Baronne Emile D'Erlanger

Romaine Brooks1924
The Okazaki Cat Demon

The Okazaki Cat Demon

Utagawa Kuniyoshi1850
Cat

Cat

Gwendolen Mary John1904-1908
Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Cat and Plum Blossoms, 猫梅

Hishida Shunsō1906
Black Cat, 黒き猫

Black Cat, 黒き猫

Hishida Shunsō1910
Wivenhoe Park, Essex

Wivenhoe Park, Essex

John Constable1816
Moschophoros (calf-bearer)

Moschophoros (calf-bearer)

560 BCE
Cows in a Group of Oak Trees, Apremont

Cows in a Group of Oak Trees, Apremont

Théodore Rousseau1850
Hunters in the Snow

Hunters in the Snow

Pieter Bruegel the Elder1565
Bonjour Monsieur Courbet

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet

Gustave Courbet1854
Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin1915
The Reader

The Reader

Marie Laurencin1913
Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Titian1460
Arnolfini Portrait

Arnolfini Portrait

Jan Van Eyck1434
Landscape in Montmorency — Sketch

Landscape in Montmorency — Sketch

Camille Pissarro1859
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

Marc Chagall1915
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Raphael Sanzio1506
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Peter Paul Rubens1605-1607
Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

Gustave Moreau1889-1890
Tamatori escaping from the Dragon King

Tamatori escaping from the Dragon King

Utagawa Kuniyoshi1853
Recovering a Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King

Recovering a Jewel from the Palace of the Dragon King

Utagawa Kuniyoshi1853
Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Riding His Prized Elephant Atash Khan

Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Riding His Prized Elephant Atash Khan

Farrukh Beg1600
Akbar's Triumphal Entry into Surat Akbarnama

Akbar's Triumphal Entry into Surat Akbarnama

Farrukh Beg1590-1595
The Royal Tiger Bacchanale

The Royal Tiger Bacchanale

Maurice Denis1920
The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

The Sacred Elephant (Péri)

Gustave Moreau1882
Portrait of the Elephant 'Alam Guman

Portrait of the Elephant 'Alam Guman

Bichitr1640
Pisces

Pisces

Man Ray1938
The Trout

The Trout

Gustave Courbet1871
Fishing by Torchlight in Kai Province

Fishing by Torchlight in Kai Province

Katsushika Hokusai1833
Still Life with Fish, Candle, Artichokes, Crabs and Shrimp

Still Life with Fish, Candle, Artichokes, Crabs and Shrimp

Clara Peeters1611
Still Life of Fish and Cat

Still Life of Fish and Cat

Clara Peeters1620
The Frightful Musicians

The Frightful Musicians

James Ensor1891
The Divine Horses

The Divine Horses

Giorgio de Chirico1963
The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

The divine horses of Achilles, Balios and Xanthos

Giorgio de Chirico1963
Cavalli

Cavalli

Giorgio de Chirico1930
Le Rive Della Tessaglia

Le Rive Della Tessaglia

Giorgio de Chirico1926
Cavalli in Riva al Mare

Cavalli in Riva al Mare

Giorgio de Chirico1934
Pity

Pity

William Blake1795
Joys of Life

Joys of Life

Wenzel Hablik1904-1907
Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Khan Hunting with a Hawk

Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II Khan Hunting with a Hawk

Farrukh Beg1590-1595
The Circus

The Circus

Georges Seurat1890-1891
In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse

Paul Gauguin1891
The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus

Peter Paul Rubens1618
The Fall of Phaeton

The Fall of Phaeton

Peter Paul Rubens1604-1605
The Horse Fair

The Horse Fair

Rosa Bonheur1852-1855
Col. William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Col. William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

Rosa Bonheur1889
The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour

The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armour

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1758
One Hundred Horses

One Hundred Horses

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 1

One Hundred Horses — Detail 1

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 2

One Hundred Horses — Detail 2

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 3

One Hundred Horses — Detail 3

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 4

One Hundred Horses — Detail 4

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
One Hundred Horses — Detail 5

One Hundred Horses — Detail 5

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1728
The Jockey

The Jockey

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec1899
The Bridle Path, White Mountains

The Bridle Path, White Mountains

Winslow Homer1868
Debris of an Automobile Giving Birth to a Blind Horse Biting a Telephone

Debris of an Automobile Giving Birth to a Blind Horse Biting a Telephone

Salvador Dalí1938
Still Life with Flowers and a Cricket

Still Life with Flowers and a Cricket

Rachel Ruysch1700
A Nosegay of Roses, Marigolds, Larkspur and a Bumblebee

A Nosegay of Roses, Marigolds, Larkspur and a Bumblebee

Rachel Ruysch1695
Floral Wreath with Insects

Floral Wreath with Insects

Maria Sibylla Merian1700
Citron with Monkey Slug Moth and Harlequin Beetle

Citron with Monkey Slug Moth and Harlequin Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian1702-1703
Branch of Genipapo with Long-Horned Beetle

Branch of Genipapo with Long-Horned Beetle

Maria Sibylla Merian1702-1703
Tropical White Morning Glory with two beetles

Tropical White Morning Glory with two beetles

Maria Sibylla Merian1702-1703
The Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy

Henri Rousseau1897
Sufis in a Landscape

Sufis in a Landscape

Farrukh Beg1601-1604
Daniel in the Lions' Den

Daniel in the Lions' Den

Peter Paul Rubens1614-1616
Sketch for The Lion Hunt

Sketch for The Lion Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens1614-1615
Lion Drinking

Lion Drinking

Henry Ossawa Tanner1897
Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine

Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine

40000 BCE
The King Watches

The King Watches

Rosa Bonheur1887
Black Tegu Lizard

Black Tegu Lizard

Maria Sibylla Merian1700
Fábula

Fábula

El Greco1600
Fulang-Chang and I

Fulang-Chang and I

Frida Kahlo1937-1939
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Frida Kahlo1940
Peacock Spreading Its Tail Feathers

Peacock Spreading Its Tail Feathers

Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧1758
The Peacock Room

The Peacock Room

James McNeill Whistler1877
Young Hare

Young Hare

Albrecht Dürer1502
Nevermore (O Taiti)

Nevermore (O Taiti)

Paul Gauguin1897
Head of Medusa

Head of Medusa

Peter Paul Rubens1617-1618
Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Anthony van Dyck1530
Serpent of Wisdom

Serpent of Wisdom

Nicholas Roerich1924
Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Giampietrino1524-1526
Laocoön and His Sons

Laocoön and His Sons

200 BCE
Heron Encircled by a Snake

Heron Encircled by a Snake

Maria Sibylla Merian1700
Birthday Bouquet (Flowers With Snake)

Birthday Bouquet (Flowers With Snake)

Florine Stettheimer1932
The angel with the serpent

The angel with the serpent

Evelyn De Morgan1870-1875
The Tiger Hunt

The Tiger Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens1615-1616
Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

Edward Hicks1830-1832
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second before Waking

Salvador Dalí1944
The Wolf and Fox Hunt

The Wolf and Fox Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens1616

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