The Bovine Influence in Art

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Archaeological records show that the ancestral cow, the Urus, or Aurochs, Bos primigenius, was an important food source for Palaeolithic man. Its depiction by the artists of the Lascaux and Altamaria caves in south-western Europe shows that the animal was also probably an important cultural symbol as far back as 30,000 years ago. Evidence suggests that cattle were domesticated simultaneously from several wild subspecies in both Africa and central Asia as early as the 7th millennium before the present, that is, before the start of recorded history - How Now Cow, Ballarat Art Gallery publication

Warrnambool Art Gallery invites you to a unique presentation and discussion led by Gordon Morrison, Director Art Gallery of Ballarat, on the history and significance of cows in ancient through to contemporary art. The discussion will focus on Thomas Flintoff's painting ‘Henry F Stone and his Durham Ox’, which is on special loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat and will be on display in the Joseph Archibald gallery until 16 April 2018.

+ Free entry

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ No bookings required

+ Suitable for all ages

Image: Thomas Flintoff, Henry F Stone and his Durham ox, 1887, oil on canvas, 82.5 x 122.9cm. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.