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Living Paintings

Animals In Art

Suitable for: Adults

In this wondrous collection there are so many beautiful works of art about animals to choose. From fantastical and mythological animals, domestic pets, wild animals and birds and we have included 17 creatures. Works of art show animals dating from pre-history to the present day, including such favourites as the Monarch of the Glen and one of Stubbs’ horse scenes. With works in many different media – cave painting, tapestry, sculpture, porcelain, oil painting, woodcut, drawing and fresco. And we’ve have chosen some music we think very appropriate including Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens and the very amusing Cats Duet.

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We are showing you here one of the best-known animal paintings in the history of art. Some of you may well remember it, and not only because it featured on the label of a well-known brand of whisky! There is no denying this stag is indeed a splendid specimen most immaculately painted. He stands proudly on a hillock in the foreground, his head, carrying a fine head of antlers, is raised and he is looking into the distance. His hide (or coat) is a rich series of browns and yellow ochre's. The background is suitably dramatic stormy sky, craggy hills and mist-filled valley below. Now let's find our 'Monarch' on the thermoform which has the usual marks, double dots for centre marks, and single ones for the quarters. Dropping down from the top centre mark you will immediately find the antlers, or horns spreading out to left and right. A mature stag can have as many as twelve points or tips. When you count them, they are easy to find but two overlap on the left-hand side. I am told by experts, that a stag rarely carries more than twelve points. One such as this is a very fine specimen. The antlers themselves are deep brown, but each sharp point is yellow/orange.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Lascaux Cave Painting – Unknown
Bronze figure of a seated cat and mummy of a cat – Unknown
The Flight into Egypt by Giotto
The Lady and the Unicorn (sight section) – Unknown
The Rhinoceros by Albrecht Durer and Rhinoceros by Henry Moore
The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn
The Young Bull by Paulus Potter
The Negro Page by Aelbert Cuyp
William Anderson with two saddle horses by George Stubbs
Meissen Lion by Meissen Factory
A CATTE Embroidery by Mary Queen of Scots
Monarch of the Glen By Sir Edwin Landseer
Girl with a white dog by Lucien Freud
Away from the flock by Damien Hirst

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