|The Baroque age saw a renewal of the art of equitation and horses in artwork was more popular than ever before.|
History of Horse Art Areas and Times:Art Bio of Sculptor Patricia Crane
Horse Artist: Four Decades of Horse Art by Patricia Crane
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Illustrations of Baroque Horse Art:
St Martin and the Beggar - El Greco 1541-1614
Conversion of St. Paul - Caravaggio 1571-1610
The Chancellor Seguier - Charles Le Brun 1619 -90
Equestrian Portrait - Van Dyck 1599-1641
Prince Balthasar Carlos - Velasquez 1599-1660
Lady and Gentleman - Aelbert Cuyp 1620-91
Philips Wouwermans 1619-68
The Baroque age began in the final years of the 16th century and the end of the Renaissance. There was a renewal of the art of equitation and horses in artworks were more popular than ever before in history.
Classical riding was in vogue in royal courts and in the houses of European nobility. This was also a time period in which many dissertations on the subject of high school equitation were written. The treatise of Xenophon, a noted Greek historian and author of equitation, was rediscovered and studied and the partnership of horse and man were once again a subject of society and artists alike. The horse was evident both in painting and in the art of riding.
Such masters as Rubens, Van Dyke and Velazquez painted portraits of their patrons mounted on elegant horses. Opulence was the key of the era, and horses were depicted with flowing manes and tails, with rounded hind quarters in a manner that was very rich, but not in relation to reality. Often the horses, even in battle scenes were painted in high school poses.
Movement had a great appeal to Baroque painters, and the poses Rubens
selected for the horse in his work certainly displayed complete mastery.
Small scale battle scenes were popular themes in the 17th century as can be
seen in the works of Jacques Courtois, Philips Wouwermans and Jan Wyck.
Normally the horse was portrayed in small scale,
did not require great detail – in fact the battle scenes were not based on
reality or historical engagements.
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