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9 February, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 25 J Animals in art by Michael Morse Throughout art history animals and hu- mans have had an inseparable connection. Creatures have provided humans with ba- sic needs, including food, clothing and shelter. It is no surprise that the animal kingdom was often the subject for many artists, and a few of the more famous works are highlighted. In 1940 a group in France discovered cave paintings in the Lascaux Cave that were later estimated to be 15,000 to 17,000 years old. The images depicted an- imals including horses, deer, bovine, fe- lines and some that appear to be mythical creatures. The only human figure was a man with the head of a bird. These ancient artists used mineral pigments, iron oxide, clay, manganese and whatever natural col- ors were available. The Egyptians singled out one animal to cherish both as a pet and as a god. There are depictions of cats in paintings, hieroglyphics and sculptures from as ear- ly as 3100 B.C. Cats are one of the earliest known domesticated animals and were highly prized for controlling vermin and killing snakes, including deadly cobras. Cats were known for grace, poise and in- telligence. Bastet was a mother-goddess with protective and maternal attributes who was represented in the form of a cat with four kittens. Cat images often deco- rated the sarcophagi of important people and appear on many other Egyptian art- work. There are many biblical references to animals, with one of the most famous be- ing the story of Noah's Ark. According to Genesis, God gave Noah instructions for building the ark. There are a number of variations of the story, including God in- Steuben library to screen classic film The Henry D. Moore Library and Com- munity Center in Steuben will show Beau- ty and the Beast at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 9. Belle is taken prisoner by a beast living in a castle. Despite her fears she learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Admission is free, and refreshments are sold by donation. For more information, visit . structing Noah to bring a male and female of each of the world's animals on board to be spared from a world-destroying flood. A recent discovery in a synagogue in Huqoq, Israel, revealed intricate mosaics in the floor depicting pairs of animals, in- cluding elephants, leopards, donkeys, bears, sheep and others. These artistic and religious expressions of animals date back to the fifth century and are shared by a number of religions. One of the most cherished of man' s do- mesticated animals is the horse. During the Renaissance period of the 14th centu- ry, the horse was painted by famous artists of the day, including Albrecht Durer, Raphael, Eugene Delacroix and many oth- ers. The horse figure appears in artwork found from cave walls to the Oval Office in the White House. Frederic Remington's Bronco Buster is in the Oval Office and can be seen in several official presidential photos. In the last century Remington was joined by other so-called "cowboy artists" like Frank McCarthy and Charles Marion Russell. One the most interesting and unique sto- ries of an equine piece of art involves Le- onardo da Vinci. In 1482 the Duke of Milan commissioned da Vinci to create a giant bronze horse. The piece was called Leonardo's Horse and was to be the larg- est equestrian statue in the world. It was intended to be a monument to the duke's father. Da Vinci did extensive drawings and created a clay model, but in 1499 the French army invaded Milan and much of the work was destroyed. In a strange turn of events, in 1977 an American airline pilot and at collector named Charles Dent becam, fascinated with Leonardo's Horse and decided to.or- ganize an effort to complete da Vinci's sculpture, guided by numerous original sketches of the horse and da Vinci's notes about the complex procedures for mold- ing and casting the sculpture. In 1999 the Tallix Art Foundry in Beacon, N.Y en- listed the help of sculptor Nina Akamu, and Leonardo's Horse came to fruition. The first casting was sent t~ Italy and placed in the Hippodrome de San Siro in Milan. A second casting of thas horse was completed later. This Americarl Horse was financed by philanthropist Frederik Meijer and now resides in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rap- ids, Mich. The Quoddy Art Currents goal is to bring the reader news and information about the visual arts and arti:ts through- out Washington and Charlott~counties. LUBEC New books at the Lubec Memorial Li- brary include the following. Fiction End Game by David Baldacci Buster Loman by J.D. Rule The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley Artemis by Andy Weir Dark in Death by J.D. Robb The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith The Right Side by Spencer Quinn Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves Nonfiction The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton About Looking by John Berger Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls Growing a Revolution by David Montgomery Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff ,6, New, & are 405 Main St. On US 1 (207) 454-1110 EMBRACED IN ICE, rosehips standing strong against the winds survive winter's storms. (Chessie Crowe photo) Proceeds from seed sale to aid library Porter Memorial Library in Machias is noon and will take place on the following having a Groundhog Seed Sale fundrais- dates: Tuesday, February 20, instrument er. Gordie the groundhog, the library's making; Thursday, February 22, sock gardening mascot, emerged from hiberna- monster making; Friday, February 23, fab- tion this month to take orders for Fedco ric mola making. All craft workshops will organic and regular seed packets. Check be led by Steve Copel-Parsons, who is out Gordie's raffle prizes while you're both musician and visual artist. Materials here. Ffirst prize is a Fedco metal lunch will be provided. box with a cool retro look. The prize On Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m the li- drawing is Thursday, March 1, the same brary will host a screening of the docu- day seed order forms are due. Gordie will mentary Bill Nye: Science Guy. A group give you a call when seed packets arrive discussion will be held after the film. The mid-March. Proceeds from the Ground- film is free and open to the public. hog Seed Sale fundraiser benefit the li- For more information, please call the brary, library at 255-3933. The library will offer activities for chil- dren ages 6 to 12 the week of school vaca- tion. The week's schedule of hour-long workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to Feb. 9, 1 O, 1 1, 12, 14, 15 Cinema 1 : Fifty Shades Freed (R) Cinema 2: Peter Rabbit (PG) Cinema 3: The Post (PG-13) Open nightly at 7 p.m. Sunday Matinees 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices: Adults $7.75 US / $9 Can Children/Seniors/Active US Military: $6.50 US / $7.75 Can Sunday Matinee: $6.50 US / $7.75 Can The latest from Lubec's Resident Novelist ISummr Leman A Ih~wrt Eas! Story b~ JD Ruk, Available today at: Sea Glass Gift Shop Water St Lubec & Berry Vines Machias Also on Amazon