Otters Are Art History’s Unsung Muses, Sarah Rose Sharp, δημοσίευση στο Hyperallergic [27/9/2022]
From ancient times to the present day, join us as we pay tribute to these otter-ly charismatic creatures in various visual media.
Though seals are probably the gateway to aquatic mammal fandom, connoisseurs of the genre all agree that otters are best in class. These furry powerhouses are not only capable of tender intimacy and novel tool usage, they often just seem to be having the best time ever. So it’s no wonder that they have been a recurring motif throughout art history, and not just a mainstay of aquarium gift shops and Etsy stores. Join us as we offer a salute to our favorite member of the Mustelidae family in various visual media! It would be shellfish of us to keep it to ourselves.
Though better known for his bird illustrations, John James Audubon’s last major work was The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, produced in collaboration with his friend, the Reverend John Bachman, who wrote the text that accompanies his illustrations. On his final drawing expedition in 1843, Audubon traveled with his son up the Missouri River to document and depict the four-legged mammals of North America — including, of course, otters.
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