I got inspired to write this article about the history of the horse in art, because today is the National Day of the Horse! Below are paintings and sculptures from different countries and regions around the world. 2004 was the first year that congress recognized the National Day Of The Horse on December 13th. This event was created to remind congress and others what the horse represents. Also encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States.
The Horse In Art History
The horse: A four-legged mammal that has changed the world through time and space. This extraordinary animal first used as a meat source by early humans, then it was later discovered by these brave and adventurous people how to ride this fantastic creature, that some say, is “faster than the wind”.
Since that time, horses have been immortalized into stories, legends, myths, gods, texts, and of course, art. The Native Americans thought that they were “gods” when people brought horses to the Americas for the first time aboard ships. Some South Asian cultures believed that the first horse emerged from the depths of the ocean during the churning of the waves with wings and the name “Uchchaihshravas” was given. The legend continues that Indra, one of the gods of the Hindus, took the mythical horse to his celestial palace, the svarga (heaven). The wings were severed to ensure the horse remains on the earth and does not fly back to Indra’s suvarga.
Other depictions of our favorite creature aren’t exactly in “museum size”. I guess the people who built them didn’t think that hundreds of years later, their ancestors would be displaying their handiwork! One of the several larger-then-life sculptures is the Uffington White Horse, one of the many chalk horses throughout England. This one is consider to be the oldest one, dating back to the bronze age.
Horse Art In France
The Horse In Art Italy
Horse In Art Egypt
Horse In Art China
Horse Art in Twian
Horse Art in Japan
Horse Art in Iran
Horse Art In Russia
Horse Art In Greece
Horse Art In Germany
I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new about ancient equine art! Without these noble steeds, every civilization around the world would not be as advanced as it is today.
Thanks for reading,
Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !