The Art Of Fatherhood: The Best Representations Of Fathers In Art (PHOTOS)

06/17/2012 10:34 am ET

HuffPost Arts would like to officially thank all the Dads out there for all of their hard work, generosity and insight. We can think of no better display of our eternal gratitude than a roundup of art's all-star Dads throughout time. However, as we were culling through images, we did notice that fathers are often harshly depicted in art; perhaps this has to do with the artists' tough relationships with their dads? From the Great Creator to the supportive dad lending an ear, fathers are depicted doling out love and punishment in equal measure in the slideshow below. Nevertheless, it's a thought-provoking journey through the comforting and bizarre world of fatherhood. (We're looking at you, Goya...)

So Happy Father's Day to Dads everywhere! Thank you for all your love and strength, since we pretty sure we don't say it enough. Check out some of art history's best, worst and strangest dads and let us know your favorite father figures that we missed!

Father's Day Art

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