Here is a book for art-lovers, dog-lovers, and fans of art history. Beautifully produced, this 2019 hardcover publication is illustrated with one hundred and fifty images spanning artwork from 600 BCE to Andy Warhol, making it a joy to peruse just for the visuals. The artists’ media include sculpture in metal, stone, and wood; oil on canvas; oil pastel; watercolor; ink drawings; stone mosaic; photography; and jewelry. But this is also a book to read. Each chapter begins with an evocative quote, and the contents take the reader from the earliest cultures to contemporary life. So, while pondering the diverse inspirations that have resulted in a history of dogs being depicted in works of art (and this collection is only the tip of the iceberg), we learn about the artists themselves, about the cultures in which they lived, and, of course, the role dogs have played over the millennia. A wonderful book to own and to give as a gift.
Dogs in Art by Susie Green
About the author: Susie Green is a British author who has studied animals in art extensively. She has written a number of books on our interactions with animals, including Bird Messages, Animal Messages, Tiger, and Talk to Your Dog.