The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chronicle, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n the Introduction to this delight for doglovers, Shari Thompson speculates on how early man (and woman) brought
the first dog
into their cave, and '
someone reached for a charred stick and artfully drew a sketch ... on the cave wall.
' She speaks of the bond between human and canine kind, and how artists through the ages '
have been inspired to capture their spirit, their beauty, their
his little book continues to pair
portraits of a variety of breeds with '
sayings by admirers and observers of canines
'. The first shows two boys and a dog on a hill, with the quote '
Dogs are our link to paradise ...
' I like the Irish proverb '
Every dog is brave on his own doorstep
' beside a photo of two serious setters, and I've always chuckled at Groucho Marx's '
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
' The verse on
Old dog Tray
touches the heart, as does the sketch beside it. And who can beat Charles Schulz's '
Happiness is a warm puppy
The Artful Dog
into the stocking of a doglover in your life, especially one who also appreciates quotations and art - they make a charming combination, while reflecting thousands of years of companionship, love and loyalty.
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