No dogs allowed…but we’re already here!
Dogs have been our companions for centuries and have appeared in many famous artistic works for just as long.
Renaissance artists, in particular, often sketched the natural world they saw around them, so of course, it’s easy to see why so many dogs are portrayed in their art.
Portraits of the nobility, as for example those of the Medici family in Florence. always included their dogs. Proof of the great love they had for their pets.
We can’t ignore, though, that dogs also became “status symbols”, a precious object to be displayed with its owner in a painting.
Many artists also represented dogs in the everyday lives of the “lower classes”: in kitchens, fields, and village streets.