barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Looking at Animals

Perspectives on the Natural World

How much can images of animals reveal about the creatures themselves? We are used to looking at animals, but do they look back at us? Artists have always lived and worked alongside animals, studied exotic creatures in menageries and zoos, and in the process raised questions about the relationship between humans and animals. This display explores a wide range of representations of animals, drawing on drawings and prints dating from the 16th to the 20th century by artists as diverse as Rubens, Gericault, Delacroix and Franz Marc.

To accompany this display, there’ll be a new gallery trail taking in other paintings and sculptures around the galleries – so pick one up and explore the other creatures that lurk within the Barber’s collection!

Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

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Owen McSwiny (1684-1754)

Tombeaux des princes, grands capitaines et autre hommes illustres qui ont fleuri dans la Grande Bretagne

Learn more