Animals allure art.
Throughout history (and prehistory), something has always captivated humans to create art with animals as subject. Pictographs from different regions around the world show us that as early as the Stone Age, humans have painted and carved images of animals to stones and cave walls. The closest example that we have in the Philippines is the Angono petroglyphs, which also happened to be the oldest known artwork in the country, dating back to the third millennium BC.
Animals in art may be depicted as food being hunted by men, which was the case for most pictographs during the Stone Age. On the other hand, we also see animals as symbols and representations of deities in different civilizations in the ancient times. In Egyptian art for example, animal heads, often with human bodies, symbolize their mighty gods. In the time of the Middle Ages, illustrations of animals were seen in manuscripts, often as mythical beasts.
Animals are never absent in any form of art in any point of history, the same way that animals have always been part of the everyday life of human beings. Art from different time periods show that animals represent the connection between man and his environment.
In this collection, Artiste presents objects from its museum that reintroduces the lure of animals. In this period of history that we see the rise of technological advancement and urbanization, this collection is hoped to revive our innate connection with the natural environment. This is Animál.