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by Tamsin Pickeral

Written by a specialist in both art and animal husbandry, the book begins with the earliest known representations of the dog, including sculptures and paintings of dramatic vitality. It goes on to examine the various roles the dog has played in both art and society, including its depiction as a symbol of fidelity and romantic love; as a prized possession, vaunting its owner's power and wealth; as a treasured and loyal pet; as a mythological being, mysteriously travelling between the lands of the living and the dead; as a religious image of purity, or dissolution; and as an indispensable working and hunting companion.The book concludes with an examination of the ways in which modern artists have interpreted the image of the dog, and reaffirms the profound and unbreakable bond between humans and these complex creatures, which ensures that the dog will continue to exert a powerful fascination for artists as they strive to capture the soulful and beguiling character of man's best friend.
Download The Dog: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art epub
ISBN: 1858944201
ISBN13: 978-1858944203
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Tamsin Pickeral
Language: English
Publisher: Merrell Publishers (September 1, 2008)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1564 kb
FB2 size: 1171 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 912
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Gorgeous book collecting truly spectacular works of art (no dogs playing poker here). It was worth the price just for the picture of an exquisite marble statue from Second Century Rome capturing a tender moment between two dogs (and the sculptor's deep affection for these dogs that resonates over the millennia with us). The statue is at the British Museum, and sadly, I could find no reproductions of it anywhere, so I'll have to just rely on the book. The whole book vividly illustrates the ancient bond between humans and dogs, as captured in breathtaking art.
The selection of pictures -- a wide variety -- is great, but even more important are the captions, which add enormously to the amount of information, not only about the dog and the artist but of the social customs of the time. I bought the book as "picture research" (I'm an artist), but came away with much, much more.
An informative and entertaining read. Wonderful artwork and captions . An interesting topic that is exhaustively managed in a style that keeps you engaged.
Silver Globol
By far the most readable and authoritative book on the subject -- informed and informative, splendidly written, beautifully designed, impeccably researched and immaculately presented and illustrated with marvelous reproductions. Ms Pickeral has combined the two greatest passions of my life, Dogs and Art, in a credible, straightforward, scholarly manner devoid of the pomposity and banality common to "coffee table" books.

THE DOG: 5000 Years of the Dog in Art is THE BOOK every Dog/Art lover MUST have. For design, insight, historical literacy, one "coffee table" book TO BE READ -- cover to cover. A most thorough and exhaustive study. All substance. NO FLUFF!

S. K. Sawyer "OperaGeek":
You can't tell a book by its cover. You could have made the effort and opened it before mouthing off. Minnesotans know little of art beyond paintings of ducks and ice fishing houses. I know, I lived there, a most forgetable experience.
My cousin introduced me to Tamsin Pickeral's work, I have now become a huge fan! The dog is favorite!!! This book contains wonderful art work and the text is equally as impressive! I have it sitting on my coffee table, where it looks like a piece of art, and have received several comments from impressed guests! I am awaiting some of her other works to arrive and can't wait to read them. For anyone who loves art and loves dogs this book is a must have!
The artwork is stunning and a nice representation of several thousands of years of our canine buddies. Nicely oversized. Is going to make a great gift
Dogs are the best. As an artist, I love seeing them in art through the ages. Nicely printed, too.
Over the year I have become a huge fan of Tamsin Pickeral owning every book she has written. But I have to say "The Dog" has become my favorite. It is an incredible book. For anyone who loves dogs this book is a must have. The art work in the book is amazing to look at and the text is masterfull. I can't say enough about how much I love this book. I also have "The Horse: 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art" and with the two of them together is a work of art in itself. Last year I gave everyone "The Horse" for Christmas and this year they will all be getting "The Dog". They are the perfect compliment to each other.