A Presentation With Pedigree
Devoted dog-lover previews an exhibition about our beloved four-legged friends.
As humankind’s most faithful companions, our canine friends have been represented in many a piece of art, a number of which are on display at
( the summer show at the Museum of Prints and Drawings (Kupferstichkabinett, p. 41). Drawing from its comprehensive collection of European art from the Middle Ages to the current day, the Kupferstichkabinett presents more than 100 works by such renowned artists as Rembrandt, Otto Dix, Agostino Carracci, and Dieter Roth.
In their own distinctive styles, each artist demonstrates mastery in rendering the texture of fur and depicting the muscular form of dogs in motion, bringing every breed to life, from the sleek and slender greyhound to playful spaniels. In addition to being depicted as cuddly creatures and faithful companions, man’s best friend is also portrayed in a 10- century array of characters and roles, from watchdogs and working hounds to sheepherders and royal hunting attendants. Dogs frolic in idyll with Adam and Eve, while an overt anti-religious statement by Rembrandt shows a mutt defiling a biblical scene. In other instances, dogs are depicted as strays wandering the streets, some even mutating into wild beasts and monsters. There are even examples of the subgenre of portraiture known as the “dog portrait.” The collection of works, which includes oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, sketches, and prints, is thematically diverse enough that even the canine-adverse – and, in particular, those with a penchant for irony and irreverence – will find something of interest. But it is, of course, devoted dog-lovers who will most enjoy the exhibition.
Until 20 September.
“The exhibit presents more than 100 works by artists
such as Rembrandt.“