THE DOG AND THE CULTURE
The arts have always reflected the existing relation between dog and man and there is not a single period in history of art in which you can't find dogs next to the main subject. Even in prehistorical paintings 10 thousand years old, animals similar to the dog appear accompanying the man in his daily activities. In the Asian, Egyptian and Greek sculpture and ceramic, the dog is also included as a topic. The canine figure couldn't be absent in myth and legends of the past, as it can't be either in the modern novels and movies, since the dog has an undoubted participation in human culture.
THE DOG AND FINE ARTS
- The dog was a pretty used motive by the primitive European cultures. However, during the roman era, the dog's portraits almost disappeared, to appear again later in minuteness that highlighted manuscripts as (Les Tress Riches Hours del Toque de Berry), and later on in carpets as the Bayou's.
- The Renaissance produced numerous canine portraits rich in details. Among the painters that included dogs as a topic are included: Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), Antonio Moro (1517 – 1575), Jan Van Eyck (1390 – 1411), Alberto Durero (1471 – 1528) and Alexandre-Francois Desportes (1661 – 1743).
- By the beginning on XVII century, the canine portraits came into fashion. George Stubbs (1724 – 1806), Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1728) and Edwin Landseer (1802 – 1873) stand out.
- Many impressionist painters included dogs on their paintings, among them: Ronoir (1840 – 1919) and Toulousse- Lautrec (1864 – 1901). Later on, Picasso (1881 – 1973), Joan Miro (1893 – 1993) and Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966), introduced the image of the dog on the modern art.
SIR EDWIN LADSEER
One of the most prolific Victorian portrait painters was Edwin Landseer (1802 – 1873). Until he painted Alpine Mastiffs Reanimating a Traveler in 1820, no one had ever seen a Saint Bernard with a little barrel of brandy hanging from its neck. Even though this detail was extracted from its own imagination, it was so convenient that it wasn't long after that these dogs were effectively equipped with similar little barrels to relieve travelers from the cold.
In Dignity and Impudence, painter by Landseer in 1827, appear the two dogs of the painter:Myrtile, a retriever and Brutus, a White Terrier.
Now that you are dead, no eye will ever see Spaniel with your shape and your service. My love offers a tear to your sad death, even when it deserves a million.
Robert Herrick, Upon My Spaniel, Tracie, 1648.