OIL PAINTINGS BY GENRE - Animals & Hunting Scenes
Along with the human form, animals were subjects of the earliest art ever created. For prehistoric artists, beasts represented food but were also sacred, spiritual beings. Animals remained a vital component of all art in all cultures. With the Renaissance, the depiction of animals themselves (important in much classical and medieval art) was neglected in favor of supposedly more elevated subjects, yet re-emerged in the eighteenth century with artists such as Stubbs, with his animal `portraits,' and became part of the Romantic vocabulary with artists such as Gericault and Delacroix. The representation of wildlife also played an important (and often overlooked) role in the development of Modernism, which often sought subjects far away from the anecdotal or heroic allegories of academicism.