It has been an absolute beast of a day, far too long and far too stressful. Without being able to sneak a moment to pop over to the barn for my horse fix, I found myself poking around on the internet pretending that pictures of horses would do the trick. I stumbled across this lovely little article from The J. Paul Getty Museum in LA, CA. It is a short little piece paintings curator Anne Woolette discusses equine painting with some really interesting examples. Check it out. And thus ends the Tiny Post. Sorry folks, nothing more to see here.
Art of the Day: Brood Mares and Foals, George Stubbs, 1767
“There is a lot of folklore about equestrian statues, especially the ones with riders on them. There is said to be a code in the number and placement of the horse’s hooves: If one of the horse’s hooves is in the air, the rider was wounded in battle; two legs in the air means that the rider was killed in battle; three legs in the air indicates that the rider got lost on the way to the battle; and four legs in the air means that the sculptor was very, very clever. Five legs in the air means that there’s probably at least one other horse standing behind the horse you’re looking at; and the rider lying on the ground with his horse lying on top of him with all four legs in the air means that the rider was either a very incompetent horseman or owned a very bad-tempered horse.”
― Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight