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Fierce Friends: Artists & Animals, 1750–1900
March 26 - August 27, 2006
Heinz Galleries

Fierce Friends: Artists & Animals, 1750–1900
March 26 - August 27, 2006
Heinz Galleries

In the 18th and 19th centuries, modern theories of evolution and the proliferation of machines elevated animals to a new status in religion, philosophy, and the arts. This exhibition, co-organized by Carnegie Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, explores the ways that artists of the period addressed the issue of humanity’s relationship with nature as exemplified through our treatment of animals. Through paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs, the exhibition shows how the visual arts drew upon science, natural history, and literature about animals, and how those fields, in turn, were shaped, inspired, or influenced by the work of artists. Designed to create visual juxtapositions that suprise, delight, and provoke, the exhibition presents great paintings and sculptures next to fossils, specimens of taxidermy, ground plans of zoological gardens, illustrated books, bird cages, and steam engines.

Major support for the Pittsburgh presentation of Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750-1900 has been provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation. This exhibition was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development. Additional support has been provided by the Henry L. Hillman Fund, The Fellows and The Associates of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Scaife Family Foundation, the Beal Publication Fund, and the Scaife Family Foundation Fund for Children's Publications. Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750-1900 is the opening venue for Pittsburgh Roars, a celebration of the region's arts, culture, and family attractions.

Click to hear selections from Fierce Friends audio tour:

Paul Meyerheim: The Jealous Linoness
Vincent van Gogh: Great Peacock Moth and Crab on its Back
Edwin Landseer: Man Proposes, God Disposes
An Antenna Audio Tour

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Forum Gallery

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March 11 - June 18, 2006
Works on Paper Gallery


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