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eequestrian statue and equestrian art - A sculpture or an image of a person riding a horse, often a monarch or military leader. All works taking horses as their subject — whether with or without riders — are considered equine art.


Examples of equestrian art:




see thumbnail to rightGreece, Geometric type, probably made in Sparta about 700 BCE, said to be from Phigaleia (Bassae) in Arcadia, Greece, Figurine of a Horse, bronze, height 4 inches, British Museum, London.



see thumbnail to leftGreece (Tanagra, Boeotia), Horse and Rider, c. 550 BCE, slip decorated terra cotta, British Museum, London. This was a grave offering.





see thumbnail to rightEngland, late 13th century CE, Bronze Aquamanile, bronze, height 33.0 cm, British Museum, London.  See aquamanile.




see thumbnail to leftQian Xuan (Chinese), Young nobleman on horseback, Yuan dynasty, 27th year of Zhiyuan (1290 CE), handscroll painting, 29.7 x 75.6 cm, British Museum, London.



see thumbnail to rightAntonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, Florence, 1431/32-1498), Study for an Equestrian Monument, c. 1482-1483, pen and brown ink, light and dark brown wash; outlines of the horse and rider pricked for transfer, 11 1/8 x 10 inches (28.1 x 25.4 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See monument and transferal.





see thumbnail to leftFrench, Castle at Blois, an equestrian statue of King Louis XII in a facade built in the flamboyant Gothic style, c. 1500. See flamboyant.



see thumbnail to rightBernard van Orley (Flemish, c. 1488 or 1491/92 - 1542), Otto, Count of Nassau and his Wife Adelheid van Vianen, 1530-35, pen and brown ink, watercolor over traces of black chalk; verso: tracing in black chalk of the figures on the recto, 14 x 19 inches (35.6 x 48.3 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. This is one of eight tapestry designs commissioned by Henry III of Nassau, an advisor to Emperor Charles V, about 1528­30. Unfortunately, the tapestries are lost, probably destroyed in a fire in 1760.





see thumbnail to leftFrancois Girardon (French, 1628-1715), Model for the Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV, bronze, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. See model.




see thumbnail to leftJohn Ferneley I (English, 1782-1860), Sir Robert Leighton after Coursing, with a Groom and a Couple of Greyhounds, 1816, oil on canvas, 105.1 x 139.7 cm, Tate Gallery, London.



see thumbnail to rightJohn Ferneley I, Major Healey, Wearing Raby Hunt Uniform, Riding with the Sedgefield Hunt, c. 1833, oil on canvas, 76.4 x 97.0 cm, Tate Gallery, London.



see thumbnail to leftJohn Ferneley I, John Burgess of Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, on a Favourite Horse, with his Harriers, 1838, oil on canvas, 95.9 x 139.7 cm, Tate Gallery, London.



see thumbnail to rightJohn Frederick Herring (English, 1795-1865), Mazeppa Pursued by Wolves (after Horace Vernet), 1833, oil on canvas, 55.9 x 76.2 cm, Tate Gallery, London.


Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909), The Bronco Buster, 1895, bronze, Columbia Art Museum, SC.




see thumbnail to leftMarino Marini (Italian, 1901-1980), Horseman, 1947, bronze, 163.8 x 154.9 x 67.3 cm, Tate Gallery, London.




see thumbnail to rightMarino Marini, Rider, 1948, drawing and pastel on paper, 45.4 x 34.0 cm, Tate Gallery, London.




Also see animalia, bestiary, equine art or equine statue, gyo, gyotaku, and statue.





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