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    The Long History of Dogs in Art

    Our furry best friends have often been the focus of artistic renderings, from high society portraits to post-modern pieces. With over 2000 years of dogs in art history, cave paintings and figurines have been depicted both crudely and as narrative stories representing our earliest relationships with dogs. These early Bronze Age illustrations generally recorded the use of dogs for hunting on cave walls, a trope that hasn’t waned and received great attention in the Renaissance period when hunting became a favourite pastime for wealthy aristocrats. From the 16th – 17th centuries, dog paintings such as those by John Wootton and Alexandre-Fran├žois Desportes depicted dogs as majestic companions to lords and…

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