The Pig Artists

Pig Artists

Here are artistic compositions that consider the pig and how it ably serves and inspires every art form.

Pieter Aertsen, Flemish, (1508-1575) – Butcher’s Stall with the Flight into Egypt

Andrea Alciato, Italian (1492-1550), works include: Emblematum Libellus. Alciato was a jurist and writer and is regarded as the founder of the French school of legal humanists. Alciato is most famous for his Emblemata, or emblem books.

The Annunciation with Virgin Mary, St. Anne, Gabriel, and St. Antoine Abbot – Anonymous, Flemish Schools of the North, 15th century (c. 1490 – 1500).

Louis Anquetin, France (1861-1932), works include: Etude de cochons (dos, face, profil), Cochon suspendu par les pieds, Cochon : Étude 1. Anquetin was a painter. He was an early adopter of Impressionism. Anquetin schooled and painted with Toulouse-Lautrec, Émile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh. With Emile Bernard, he formulated the principles of Cloisonnism.

Louis Apol, Dutch, (1850-1936) – Varkens bij een stal (Pigs in a sty). Apol was one of the minor masters of the Hague school.

Pietro Aquila, Italy, (1650–1692) – Circe and Ulysses, from the series Galeriae Farnesianae Icones (ca. 1680). Aquila was an engraver, etcher, painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Aquila.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian, (ca.1527-1593) – The Cook (c. 1570), oil on panel. The Cook is a ‘double meaning’ image, inverted, it changes from a platter of roast suckling pig and fowls to the image of the cook who prepared the platter.

John James Audubon, United States, (1785-1851) – The Collard Peccary; Plate 31from: “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America” – folio edition.

Francesco Xanto Avelli, Italy, (b. ca. 1486-7; d. ca.1542) – Circe, Ulysses and his companions, earthenware low plate with maiolica tin-glazed (1533).

Christina Balit, England (b. 1961), works include: Circe. Balit is an Illustrator of children’s books, author and playwright. Her trademark style and interpretation is based on traditional mythology, fairy tales and Biblical stories.

A random image of a pig, hog, boar or swine from the collection at Porkopolis.