Dogs are man’s best friends. And if a man happens to be a painter or a sitter for a painting, they must be included too. In the end, they are our most dedicated companions and that’s why we celebrate them today on the Pet Day. Meet a few of the dogs immortalized by art:
1. William Hogarth and his pug
Hogarth was truly attached to his pug.
2. Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait
Dogs in the symbolic language of the Netherlandish paintings represented fidelity.
3. Edouard Manet’s Spaniel
This is just so cute.
4. Peter Paul Rubens, Hercules’ Dog Discovers Purple Dye
Hercules’ dog largely contributed to art history as it had discovered purple dye. According to the legend, while running on the beach the dog bit a sea snail and dyed his mouth purple. Clever boy.
5. Thomas Gainsborough, Cottage Girl with Dog and Pitcher
This is just too cute and too sad at the same time.
6. Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Lady with a Lap Dog
It turns out that lap dogs are not a modern invention at all.
7. Anthony van Dyck, The five eldest Children of Charles I of England with two dogs
Royal families or not, they all love dogs. Even huge ones!
8. Gustave Courbet, Self-portrait with a black dog
Even the biggest hipster of art history, Gustave Courbet, loved dogs. In the end, who wouldn’t?
Did you enjoy all the puppies, doggies and pugs in art? You HAVE TO read these:
- See a Man About a Dog. Dogs in Paintings
- ‘I’m Sick of Portraits’ – Gainsborough and His Dogs’ Portraits
- The Lady with the Dog
- Every Dog Has Its Day…