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The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague, The Netherlands, has incorporated the database The Horse in Art of Boudewijn Commandeur, who during a lifetime has collected images of the horse (and donkeys, zebras) in art, described them, and finally digitalized them. The database includes images from Lieke Manders, who provided valuable additions thanks to her active search. This database is now part of RKDimages  and can be visited without charge or registration. For direct access to the database The Horse in Art please click here.

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The artistic expression of the horse in all its appearances and its historical significance are set out in this database. The images originate from collections all over the world and also from little known sources. They concern all forms of plastic art, from about the year 500 until the present. The collection has been made searchable through subject keywords about function, type, gait and many other categories, next to the standard search possibilities. Each image has been provided with comment. More than 3100 images have been processed in this way and they are an addition to the material already in RKDimages. This is an example from the database

      

The requisitioned cab horse, Adieu Lotte ! by Fritz Koch-Gotha, signed and dated 1914. (record 224064)

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