Heinrich Johann von Zügel, (German, 1850 – 1941), Sheep and Lambs, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase, 1939.341.1

Installation as seen at the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA

August Gaul, (German, 1869 – 1921), Ostrich, bronze, Gift, Mildred Bick Schutte, 2005.18.1.1


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In this engaging exhibition, birds, horses, sheep, cows, bears, and more, become the subjects of works of art from the seventeenth through the late twentieth century. Perennially popular as an artistic theme, animals have been depicted in works of art since pre-historic times. Drawn from The Museum’s impressive collection, this exhibition examines etchings, engravings, lithographs, sculpture, oils and watercolors that depict the tremendous variety of the animal kingdom. Outstanding artists such as Francisco José de Goya, John James Audubon, Titian Ramsay Peale, Peter Moran, and Antoine Louis Barye, among others, are featured.

In some works, animals are seen in their natural habitat; in others, they appear as specimens with an eye toward scientific accuracy. Animals also figure prominently in the context of narratives and allegories. Approximately fifty works featuring mammals, birds, and other creatures, both domestic and wild, will be included.


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