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Updated on March 26, 2013

Museum of Dog Art

Man's best friend. His loyal companion. The only animal that loves unselfishly. These qualities only seem to fit the mammals that we call dogs. Cat's aren't like this. Parrots aren't like this, and certainly gold fish aren't this way. Throughout history artists and sculptors have depicted their dogs in drawings, paintings and bronzes. I'm going to try to show you a few of these and maybe they'll remind you of the friend that you have at home. I hope you enjoy looking through the lens....:)

Dog Taking a Nap

The artist is Gerrit Dou and his painting of a sleeping dog. Done in the classical tradition using "sacred geometry" and the "golden ratio" and other compositional devices.

Colima Dog

The Colima Dog, called xolo ( show-low), was a guardian to the dead, watchdog, and healer of the sick, in ancient Mexico. These ceramic pieces were placed in the grave and served to drive off evil spirits and unwanted intruders.

Edouard Manet's "Bob the Dog"

Here is a painting by French artist Edouard Manet called "Bob the Dog" (circa 1876). He looks like a cute little rascal.

Huge Dog Head in Bronze

China’s foremost contemporary artist Ai Weiwei will begin its international tour at the Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza near Central Park and the Plaza Hotel. Head of a Dog 4' wide x 10' high.

Dogs at Play

European School Dogs at Play

18th century Oil on canvas

35.6Ã53.4 cm (14Ã21 in,)

Private collection

14th Century Hunting Dogs

Here is a picture depicting hunting dogs that was done in the 1300's by an artist named Granger.

Hunting Dogs on Amazon

Monkey Riding A Dog

This piece is by Johann Valentin Sonnenschein. It is made of hard-paste porcelain and the subject is "Monkey Riding a Dog". It was created in 1775.

Nice Dog Book Illustration

This very nice pen and ink illustration was done for a book by Bill Henderson titled "All My Dogs - A Life". Exceptional drawing skills went into this one.

Dog with Whip

Here is a great bronze sculpture of a dog in a dashing position as if trying to keep his toy away from the master. It is by sculptor Pierre Jules Mene, a Frenchman who lived from 1810 til 1879. It is cast in bronze and signed on the base. It is 6 1/4 inches high and 9 3/4 inches in length. The depth is 5 inches.

Renoir's Dog Portrait

Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Completion Date: 1870

Style: Impressionism

Period: Association with Impressionists

Genre: animal painting

Technique: oil

Material: canvas

Gallery: National Gallery of Art, Washingon, DC, USA

A Field of Dog Sculptures

Award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers is launching a traveling exhibit of 20 of his unique 8-foot-high by 10-foot-long dog sculptures as seen here. Click on the image to learn more.

The Hound on Pottery

This piece is attributed to Kotyle "The Hound Painter". Circa 670 til 650 B.C. The medium is painted pottery and the piece measures about seven inches high.

Albrecht Durer

Another amazing engraving by renowned artist Albrecht Durer, and yes it qualifies with a dog located at the lower right of the image :)

Another Durer

Here is another Albrecht Durer brush and ink drawing of a greyhound. The outlines were indented with a stylus.

Dog With Game

Artist: Desportes Francois

Location: Hermitage Museum

Medium: Oil Painting on Canvas

Click on image to see a larger version....

Child Playing With Dog

Artist Miki De Goodaboom painted this very free watercolor of a child playing with a dog in Paphos. I really like it.

Asiatic Bronze Dog

Here is an authentic Asiatic bronze dog. It was originally used as a candlestick base. It was created in Egypt in the 11th to 12th Century A.D.

Doberman Pinscher Drawing - by the Author

Here is one of my own drawings of a friend's dog. She posted a photo of her on FaceBook. In my 60 years or so as an artist I had never drawn a dog portrait before. Lots of people, other animals, but never a canine one. When I was very young (5 years old), my uncle who lived next door had several doberman's in a pen in the back yard. They kept jumping over the fence, so the fence got higher and higher.

Jacquie Brown's Dog Painting

Jacquie Brown is a friend of mine and she did a painting in acrylic that made me think of Van Gogh every time I looked at it. I'll give it to you in her own words: "It's a painting done off a real dog I took a photograph of, I thought he had interesting teeth and I used different texture mediums to build up the eyes, nose and teeth. The colors were actually an accident, I tried one thing but it wasn't working, but there was one spot that I actually really liked and the painting took off from there."

I'd like to add that the some of the colors are in metallic colors that give the painting some interesting dimensions that you can't see in the photo. "Fang", 16 x 20 inches, acrylic on board. if you click the image it will take you to see more of Jacquie's work.

Rembrandt (Sleeping Dog)

Here is a nice etching by Rembrandt. It's of a dog that is sleeping in the corner of a room.

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      Remy Francis 2 years ago from Creative Zone Dubai

      Hi John

      I knew you should be an artist yourself to have written a beautiful article such as this. I also love your drawing!!! interspersed with the Dog Art facts!! Thanks a lot!


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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @renagirl: Thanks for visiting the lens. I used to have dogs but now I have two cats that won't let me have dogs....:)

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @siobhanryan: Thanks for blessing the lens. I really appreciate it. :)

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      renagirl 5 years ago

      Nice lens i love dogs

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks for dropping by. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice pic! love to see

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @laurenrich: Thanks Laurenrich: It was fun to do. Appreciate your activity on my lenses. :)

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      @anonymous: Thanks, and I appreciate your checking it out. Have a great evening! :)

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      Great lens. Great pictures. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love your lens!