Since the stone age, when elephants were represented by ancient petroglyphs and cave art, they have been depicted in the arts in various forms, including pictures, sculptures, music, film, and even architecture. (These days, some elephants are even artists themselves!) The following images of elephants from the collection span various mediums, cultures, and historical periods.
Dbutsuen” (The Zoo) from the series “Kodomo fuzoku (children’s customs)
Elephant du Senegal (Running Elephant)
Untitled jungle scene with animals
Elephas / Abgerichter Elephant / Elephant dressé / Familia V Fünffhufige
The following works are from the collections of the Smith College Museum of Art, the Hampshire College Art Gallery, and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum:
Elephant with two natives in foreground, iron bridge across river in background….
Coin; Denarius of Julius Caesar
Dumbo, The Circus Elephant
For even more images of elephants from the collection, visit the database.