Animal Beauty: from Dürer to Jeff Koons

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Melchior D’Hondecoeter, 'Paons, mâle et femelle', 1681 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais / Agence Bulloz
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Jeff Koons, 'Caniche', 1991 / © Musée Collection Berardo / Fondation d'art moderne et contemporain
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Anonyme allemand, 'Les Oiseaux', 1619 / © Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, photo M. Bertola
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Théodore Géricault, 'Tête de lionne', ca. 1819 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais / Christian Jean
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Eadweard Muybridge, 'Animal Locomotion', Pl.720 : chat , 1887 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux -Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay)
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Jacopo da Ponte, 'Deux chiens de chasse attachés à une souche', 1548 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais / Stéphane Maréchalle
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Albrecht Dürer, 'Rhinocéros', 1515 / © Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France
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Alexandre Gabriel Decamps, 'Le Singe peintre' dit 'Intérieur d’atelier', ca. 1833 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais / Michel Urtado
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Théodore Géricault, 'Tête de cheval blanc', avant 1816-1817 / © Service presse Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais / Thierry Le Mage

Animals in all their shapes, sizes and forms have been a constant source of inspiration for artists throughout the centuries. Portrayed as both noble creatures and uncultured monsters, they have allowed us to define our own humanity: Thus is the basis for the ‘Animal Beauty: from Dürer to Jeff Koons’ exhibition (Beauté animale, de Dürer à Jeff Koons) in the Grand Palais this spring. This gargantuan exhibition takes you deep into the world of ‘beauty’ and the ‘beast’ covering an eclectic array of sculpture, painting, drawings and photography from the Renaissance to today. Over 130 works by behemoths such as Goya, Bonnard, Giacometti, Koons and Bourgeois are on display, with themes that include everything from Dürer’s anatomy studies and Buffon’s natural history sketches, to the Fables de la Fontaine and Darwinism.

Event website: http://www.rmn.fr
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