Discover how 18th- and 19th-century artists transcended the boundaries of animal painting
Explore sublime images of the awe-inspiring and destructive power of animals in the wild and reflect on what these paintings mean to us today.
Chair: Susan Foister, Director of Public Programmes and Partnerships
Christine Riding, Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House at the Royal Museums Greenwich introduces the importance of animal paintings to 18th-century artists such as Landseer and Stubbs, and discusses how these paintings reflect interests around colonialism, national identity, and the discovery of new lands.
Nicholas Watkin, Emeritus Reader in the Department of the History of Art and Film, University of Leicester discusses how the galloping horse became a metaphor for speed, change and technical progress in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Art historian and presenter Lachlan Goudie discusses the significance of Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen and ideas of Scottish identity, both in Landseer’s day and now.