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Friday, February 10, 2012

Animals In Art And Literature...In A New York Minute

Courbet's "Hunting Dogs With Dead Hare" (1857), Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of The New York Times

 There's a marvelous article in today's NewYork Times that chronicles the canine-from mutts to purebreds-along with other various and sundry animals immortalized in New York art collections. The above photograph of a painting by Courbet is one of thousands of examples revealed in a search by the article's author, Randy Kennedy, to uncover the riches of New York "as a dog art town." Kennedy can't help but mention that the timing of his search coincides with the opening on Monday of the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and with a "menagerie of an exhibition" that opens March 2 at the Morgan Library & Museum, "In the Company of Animals: Art. Literature and Music at the Morgan." This show explores animals in art, music and poetry from 3000 B.C. to the present, and our deep relationship with the creatures who have served and loved us-and we them.

Take the time to travel through history and see how great artists have interpreted our complex relationship with other animals. We hope you enjoy this article and the magnificent slide show that accompanies it.

 By the way, stay tuned for more about Westminster on Sunday, when we bring you an exclusive interview with a participant!)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, since we do not get the NYT at present... Mom grew up reading it and still misses having the time to go through the sections on Sunday.

Look forward to your Westminster guest...

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vet said...

Sounds interesting! I will be anxious to hear about Westminster!

Rumpydog said...

Awesome! I know us dogs have been a part of many works of art. About time we got some recognition for our achievements!

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