The Equestrian past

Depictions of  horses and riders have been a common theme through the history of art. Recognized as symbols of strength and wealth in many cultures, equestrian art was made not just for aesthetic reasons, but as a reflection of a patrons elite status. 

Block VIII of the west frieze., Pheidias Workshop, 442–438 BC, From the collection of: Acropolis Museum
Figurine of a rider on a horse, Unknown, "9th-8th c. BC" - "", From the collection of: Museum of Cycladic Art
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, 161 - 180 AD, From the collection of: Musei Capitolini
Equestrian Figure, 12th century - 16th century, From the collection of: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Horse and Rider, Hans Ludwig Kienle (German, 1591–1653), 1630, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
An Equestrian Portrait, Joseph Parrocel, 1675 - 1682, From the collection of: Skokloster Castle
Hogon equestrian statue, Dogon people, 19th century or earlier, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Equestrian Figure Gold Weight, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard, Jaques-Louis David, 1801, From the collection of: Belvedere
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