In Praise of Dogs

On my last visit to The Art Institute of Chicago, I started noticing there were a lot of dogs in featured in European paintings (Medieval, Renaissance and Italian / Dutch / French / Flemish / Spanish art before 1900). Similar to how we love them today, it's evident that dogs were valued members of the home, whether it be for hunting, companionship, status symbols, etc. Symbolically, dogs represent faithfulness and protection - they have served humans for thousands of years, so it's no surprise that there be so many depictions of them in fine art.

In some of the medieval paintings, dogs have a weird physical appearance and I don't think it was artistic license ... it is obvious that dogs have evolved over the centuries through breeding; please review the dog in 'Emperor Heraclius Denied Entry into Jerusalem. As a dog lover, it's heart-warming that dogs have secured a place in our hearts and in art. Check it out and enjoy!

 By the way, here's my little doggie, Goldie.

By the way, here's my little doggie, Goldie.