Animals have always been an underlying theme in art. Whether artists have used them literally or figuratively, with or without human subjects, they somehow command the composition and make meaning in ways previously unimaginable. Throughout art history, animals have served as vessels for happiness, distress, environmental issues, gender studies, and more. Enjoy The 25 Most Iconic Artworks of Animals and look a little closer next time you're at a museum or gallery.

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