Horses as Art Subjects : Proofs of Mankind’s High Regard for Equine Strength and Beauty

Horses as subjects of artworks prove that humans, even from primitive periods, have been artistically inspired to depict the beauty and strength of the animals. The horse paintings found in the prehistoric caves in Lascaux, France show that as far back as 15,000 years ago, some kind of special relationship between horses and humans had awakened man’s natural artistic inclinations.

As mankind advanced into early civilizations, the numerous artefacts unearthed by archaeologists provided more depictions that show how horses were held with high esteem; often as formidable companions to people of wealth and power.

Apparently, future (space age?) historians centuries from now, will have a wealth of comprehensive and well-documented information about men and horses during the 21st century. When it comes to gathering information about horses, future researchers will also get to know many great horses by their names, particularly those heralded as champions of important horse racing events.

Today, artworks of horses abound not only as drawings, paintings and sculptures but also as high definition, life-like photographs that capture both equine strength and tender spirit complemented by a splendor of silky furs, fluffy tails and manes. There are also regular horse racing news that serve as great sources of relevant horse information, where up to date stories of race feats have inspired many artists to feature race horses as subjects of their artworks. .

The Prehistoric Paintings in the Lascaux Caves in France

The paleolithic or stone age drawings in the famous Lascaux Caves in France are considered as the oldest paintings in the world. Cave dwellers did not just stone-etch the images on the hard walls of the cave. They also painted their etched drawings with pigments obtained from oxidized minerals, such as the reddish color of iron oxide.

Studies of the paintings revealed that aside from using fingers, the stone age artists had used fur or moss to extract and apply the pigments. There are also indications that the world’s earliest artists made use of hollow bones to blow and apply the pigments, which scientific researchers perceive as akin to the modern spray-painting technique.

Of the more than 600 animals painted on the walls of the well-preserved Lascaux Caves, the unknown artists of the paleolithic age had painted as many as over a hundred likenesses of horses.