Buy animal art direct from artists working in the UK. This category includes art depicting wildlife, domestic pets and livestock animals, in various mediums, such as oil paintings and sculptures. Artists may undertake commissions, producing pet portraits and other animal paintings and sculptures. Today, animal art is more popular than ever. There is a long history of animals in art, as evidenced by cave paintings 40,000 years old. Artists increasingly viewed animals as a commercial art subject from around the 15th century. Albrecht Durer, for instance, created many pen and ink drawings, watercolours, woodcuts and engravings, of a multitude of animals. His art mostly served an educational purpose in his era, because it represented animals that most people had never seen before. Equine sports were popular from the 15th century. As a result, more art depicted animals, in the form of horses, hounds and beasts. The aristocracy, in particular, readily commissioned racing and hunting scenes, adding to their prized collections. George Stubbs is one such notable equine artist. Since the 18th century he has been revered for his accurate representations of horses. Animals were an increasingly popular art subject, inspiring many great artists. Edwin Landseer is famous for depicting animals in the 19th century. He predominantly portrayed noble or majestic animals. In particular, his art features rescue dogs. His most famous painting is perhaps his portrait of a stag, titled 'Monarch of the Glen'. Animals are more popular than ever in contemporary art. This is likely because we more widely keep animals as pets and have a greater emotional attachment to animals. As a result pet portraits are often commissioned and animals are painted more for their popularity and beauty.
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