Animals have been a source of inspiration or symbolism to a lot of artists. Here are a couple of examples from different painters.
What’s nice to see about these paintings, side by side, is the difference in style. The way there are painted become more expressive but you can always recognice what the artist is showing us.
First photo “The Dead Swan” (1716), Jan Weenix.
Second photo “The Mandrill” (1926), Oskar Kokoschka.
Third photo “Das Schaf” (1913-1914), Franz Marc.