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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Paw Prints in Art History~


Paw Prints in Art History

Art has captured the soulful, beguiling and dynamic character of man’s best friend in its diverse incarnations, from protector to predator, dark force to deity. The dog has enjoyed the closest and most intriguing relationship with man so much so that for more than 5000 years, artists have created an extraordinary array of captivating images of the dog.

We understand upon exploration the various roles the dog has played in both art and society. These loving canines do double duty as loyal pets and creative muses. A dog depicts the symbol of fidelity and romantic love; as a prized possession, vaunting its owner’s power and wealth; as a loyal pet; as a mythological being, traveling between the lands of the living and the dead; as a religious image of purity, or dissolution; and as an indispensable working and hunting companion.

From war to art, across the spectrum of human endeavor and achievement, there often stands, not only at his side but also at leading the way, man's beloved "best friend."

Throughout the ages, artists have frequently depicted dogs as symbols of positive values such as courage, loyalty, and vigilance. Whether serving as guards, guides, companions, or hunters, dogs have a very strong presence in the great artworks.

They appear in the form of Mesopotamian statuettes of the third millennium BC; they flank peasants in Le Nain’s paintings, or sit loyally at the queen’s side in Rubens’s The Coronation.

They were portrayed as active, accompanying Diana the Huntress, or pampered, as cherished lap dogs nestled on cushions. Each painting or sculpture show in its entirety and in detail, to highlight the canine presence.

1889 Colour Print Yule Log India Children Ice Party Dog
Adriaen_van_Utrecht_001 Still life
Alanhund Tres riches heures 1412
albrecht durer st jerome in his study
Albrecht Dürer. St Eustace, with hunting dogs
Albrecht Dürer--Knight Death and the Devil 1513
Albrecht Dürer--Knight Death and the Devil 1513
AMERLING, Friedrich von Countess Nákó 1855
AMIGONI, Jacopo Venus and Adonis c. 1740
An Dog. Guard Dog. Han Dynasty
CANALETTO- horses of San Marco
ANDREA DA FIRENZE- way of Salvation
Andrea Mantegna. Allegory of the Fall of Ignorant Humanity
ANGELICO, Fra- missal558 Glorificazione di S. Domenico
Angelo Caroselli- a_lady_with_her_dog_an_allegory
Annibale Carracci. Head of a dog in profile to left
Anonymous. Tobias and the angel taking leave of Tobit
Antonio Mancini-portrait_of_elizabeth_and_charles_williamson
ARCIMBOLDO, Giuseppe- Composition with Animals
Argos, dog of Odysseus
Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) Madame Georges Charpentier (née Marguérite-Louise Lemonnier and Her Children
BASSANO, Jacopo the last supper (detail)
BASSEN, Bartholomeus van-Renaissance Interior with Banqueters
Jan Steen Dutch, about 1665 - 1670- Bathsheba After the Bath
BAYEU Y SUBIAS, Ramón The Blind Singer c. 1786
Medici Aesop- The dog and the beast
Benno Adam-dogs_and_whelps
BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo- rape of Proserpina
BLEKER, Gerrit Claesz-stag hunt
Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1579–1657)about 1625–30Oil on canvas, Boar Hunt Gift of John Templeman Coolidge, Jr.Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BOILLY, Louis Léopold- departure of Conscripts.
BOSCH, Hieronymus The Seven Deadly Sins (detail)
BOSCH, Hieronymus the-marriage-feast-at-cana
BOSCH, Hieronymus Triptych of Haywain outer wings
BOSCH, Hieronymus- wayfarer
Botticelli, Sandro (Italian), The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti (II)
Botticelli, Sandro (Italian),The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti (third episode)
Botticelli, Sandro (Italian)-The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti (I)
BOTTICELLI, Sandro- 3miracles st.zenobius
Briton Riviere- fidelity 1869
Brueghel-jan-the-elder the-vision-of-st-hubert
BUGIARDINI, Giuliano- scenesTobias 1
BUGIARDINI, Giuliano-scenesTobias 2
Caesar van Everdingen- Lycurgus Demonstrates the Benefits of Education
CANALETTO-Santi Giovanni e Paolo
CANO, Alonso-saint-isidore-the-farmer
CARDINAL ALESSANDRO LANTE DELLA ROVERE'S DOG, Italian School Date Circa 1816-Circa 1818
CARLEVARIS, Luca-Venice A View of the Molo
Carlo Grubacs- a_view_of_the_doges_palace
CARNEVALE, Fra The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (detail).
CARNEVALE, Fra The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
CARPACCIO, Vittore Two Venetian Ladies c. 1510
CARPACCIO, Vittore- vision 1
CARRACCI, Agostino- Hairy Harry, Mad Peter and Tiny Amon
CARVELARIS LUCA- Reception of Cardinal César d'Estrées (detail)
Cavaliere_d'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari)_-_Diana_and_Actaeon
Bosse, Abraham, French, 1604–1676- Ce Berger me ravit avec sa cornemuse
Cecilia Beaux- lane-lovell-and-his-dog
CELLINI, Benvenuto- Sakuki Greyhound
Cellini, Benvenuto--Nymph-of-Fontainebleau-3
Curtiss, Marion- Ceramic Dog Rendered c. 1936
Charles Burton Barber - My First Partner
Charles Burton Barber (British, 1845-1894) «Once bit, twice shy» 1885
Charles Burton Barber - Blond and Brunette
Charles Burton Barber - Girl with Dogs
Charles Burton Barber - In Disgrace
Charles Burton Barber - Not Much Wrong
Charles Burton Barber - Suspense
Charles Burton Barber - Sweethearts
Charles Burton Barber - The Broken String
Charles Burton Barber - the new keeper
Charles Burton Barber - The New Whip
Charles Burton Barber The Two Invalids.
Charles Burton Barber- the hiding place