The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art

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For more than 5000 years, artists have created an extraordinary array of captivating images of the dog—the animal that has enjoyed the closest and most intriguing relationship with man. This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with works from all over the world, ranging from the earliest African rock paintings to the groundbreaking work of contemporary artists. It explores the various roles the dog has played in both art and society, including its depiction as a symbol of fidelity and romantic love; as a ...

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Overview

For more than 5000 years, artists have created an extraordinary array of captivating images of the dog—the animal that has enjoyed the closest and most intriguing relationship with man. This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with works from all over the world, ranging from the earliest African rock paintings to the groundbreaking work of contemporary artists. It explores the various roles the dog has played in both art and society, including its depiction as a symbol of fidelity and romantic love; as a prized possession, vaunting its owner's power and wealth; as a treasured and loyal pet; as a mythological being, mysteriously 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. A vividly written text is accompanied by glorious images, featuring many different breeds, that capture the soulful, beguiling and dynamic character of man's best friend in its diverse incarnations, from protector to predator, dark force to deity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858944203
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 348,557
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamsin Pickeral is an independent writer specializing in art, horsemanship and animal husbandry. Her book The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art (2006) is also published by Merrell.

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Table of Contents

The Early Dog 27

The Eastern Dog 51

The Religious Dog 70

The Mythical Dog 93

The Portrait Dog 114

The Domestic Dog 139

The Hunting Dog 160

The Real Dog 182

The Romantic Dog 210

The American Dog 233

The Modern Dog 253

Timeline 276

Bibliography 280

Index 282

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