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Man and Animals in Art Susie Harries Wednesday 11 December 2019

This talk looks at our relationship with animals and the ways in which artists have represented the changes in it. From the animal-headed gods of the Egyptians to the sinister hybrids of BritArt, by way of Botticelli’s centaur, Rubens’ tiger hunts, Goya’s bullfights, Seurat’s circus, Picasso’s Minotaur and Hockney’s cat Percy, this talk looks at what artists, in portraying animals, have been trying to tell us about ourselves and our own behaviour.

Susie Harries is a writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in 20th century culture and the arts. She has published eight books on subjects including official war art, opera and the composer Elisabeth Lutyens. Her most recent publication is the biography of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, published in August 2011.

'Zan Zig performing with rabbit and roses' - poster, 1899 Image: Wikipedia