Since prehistoric times, animals have featured prominently in the art of many cultures. As means of transportation and sport, sources of food, domestic companions, exotic curiosities, and symbols of status and power, animals have always played a large role in the lives of humans, one that is reflected throughout art history. The thirty postcards in this book represent a sampling of the thousands of animal images in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection. They come from cultures around the world, span twenty-six centuries, exhibit a range of media, and represent both Art Institute favorites and lesser-known pieces. We hope that you enjoy these postcards—whether you choose to send them or keep them together as a book—and that they inspire you to consider the longstanding, multilayered relationships between humans and animals.

Includes 30 colored postcards.

4.25 in. x 6 in.