Chess Knight expressed in human creative imagination

The Knight is the most intricate and distinct chess piece. It is the first that comes to mind when we think of chess. While all other pieces are abstract representations, the Knight is a realistically carved horse head.[1]

The chess horse moves by leaps of intuition. In a previous post possible explanations of its intricate movement have been discussed. Today I am presenting you a fascinating collection of chess knight from different art disciplines, painting, sculpture, cartoon. Chess has been a source of inspiration for artists since the dawn of chess – the Knight has always had a special place in their creative pursuits (click an image for a larger view).

Woland’s black knights sat mounted on two hot-blooded horses, one pawing the ground of a white square, the other on a black square, –Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita ♞♞

A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! –Shakespeare, King Richard



[1] Jimmy Stamp on You can also read how Knight of the Staunton chess set was likely inspired by the horse sculpture from the Partenon in Athens, Greece.

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