week 10 of 2018

week10Artwork of the week is Shooting scene by Peter Tillemans, Oil on canvas, 128 x 103 cm. it is part of NGZ permanent collection.
This week the National Gallery of Zimbabwe celebrates World Wildlife day. The 3rd of March is World Wildlife day dedicated towards bringing to awareness the need

to protect wildlife as it has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and sustainable development. World Wildlife Day this year was celebrated under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat" since these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are caused by human activities. It is everyone’s role to work towards conserving the little we have left. The artwork above shows a heap of dead animals. Rabbits, ducks and different species of birds can be seen lying on the ground. To the right is a shot gun leaning on a tree trunk. In the background are two hunters each carrying a rifle and four dogs can be seen. One of the hunters has a gun pointed to the sky. This artwork shows how game hunting began centuries ago. Often practiced by the elite for leisure, people have been game hunting for food and also for sport. Over the years the sport has had a negative impact to the wildlife with different animal species becoming extinct while others are now endangered species

 

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