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Jonathan Jones’ top five rabbits in art

Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Albrecht Durer, Sir John Tenniel, Jeff Koons, Robert Givens
I don’t know how small long-eared mammals (not to mention the shelled embryos of certain avian species and similarly shaped confections) came to be associated with the Christian holiday observance of Easter, but there they are, popping up in popular culture all over the place.

Jonathan Jones, writing in his OnArt blog on, uses that association with the upcoming holiday to suggest his top five rabbits in art.

It’s a fun idea, but for one reason or another, his article is only accompanied (at least online) by a single image. I won’t second guess his choices (as I’m all onboard with four out of five), but I’ve take the liberty of supplementing his article with images and, where possible, links to better examples of the works he mentions.

Images above: The Virgin and Child with Saint Catherine and a Shepherd, known as The Madonna of the Rabbit by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio), Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer, the March Hare from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Sir John Tenniel, Rabbit by Jeff Koons, early Bugs Bunny model sheet by Robert Givens.


12 responses to “Jonathan Jones’ top five rabbits in art”

  1. I’m happy with the Albrecht Dürer, which has always seemed to me to be the epitome of hare. I wonder if he lured it close with carrots? ;o)

  2. Wayne Thiebaud’s rabbit has always been one of my favorites.

  3. Its really implausible paintings, rabbit is very beautiful animal and Luke Hillestad painted much beautiful as original. I am surprised to see the different look of this beautiful animal in painting.

  4. Just thought you might like to know why a Rabbit is associated with Easter. It’s actually the other way around.

  5. Bugg’s Bunny !

  6. I have to vote for Teniel’s rabbit in first place, his expression and character are unforgettable! Bugs comes second.

  7. Cynthia Lee Avatar
    Cynthia Lee

    I’m surprised that Beth Cavener Stichter’s rabbits didn’t make the list.

  8. Durer’s “Young Hare” (and “The little Owl”) has always been a favorite of mine.
    I also agree with gary d on Wayne Theibaud’s rabbit.

  9. Daniel van Benthuysen Avatar
    Daniel van Benthuysen

    Durer’s rabbit looks very mature, older. I think of that one as “The Hare, a parent.”

  10. modernart Avatar

    Jeff Koons…
    So amazingly bad!