Dogs that inspired painters. How did the images of dogs change from antiquity to the present day?
Images of dogs have come down to us since ancient times. Since then, these animals have invariably become muses of painters.
In the photo: Gerrit Dou's painting “Sleeping Dog” (1650). Photo: wikimedia.org
Hunting dogs of the Middle Ages
It was in the Middle Ages that dogs began to appear more and more often in the paintings of painters. And mostly hunting dogs were honored to be captured on canvases.
Unfortunately, not all paintings can accurately determine the breed of the dog. However, we can recognize the hounds that were chasing the beast, or the cops who were pictured next to the birds that were caught or killed.
The Renaissance was marked by the fact that dogs began to be perceived (and portrayed in paintings) not only as labor, but also as companions. The proof of this is the portraits of the ladies who hold small dogs in their hands, or the greyhounds and molosses who accompany their owners on canvases.
There are images where dogs lie under the tables during feasts and are treated to tidbits. And there is a Venetian picture depicting a caressed mistress of a lapdog, which basks on soft pillows.
From the Enlightenment to the present day
Gradually, dogs begin to occupy an increasing place both in people's lives and in paintings. And from the 17th century there are paintings depicting exclusively dogs.And some artists already in the 16-17 centuries specialize in the depiction of animals (Francois Deport, Paul de Vos, Abraham Hondius, Frans Sneijders, Jean-Baptiste Udry and others).
Dogs begin to portray more and more realistically from an anatomical point of view. The expression of the muzzle and posture is copied from nature, as if the artist set himself the task of accurately conveying the appearance of the model.
And nowadays, dogs inspire many painters, taking a place on their canvases.