A Pre­sen­ta­tion With Pedi­gree

De­voted dog-lover pre­views an ex­hi­bi­tion about our beloved four-legged friends.

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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.“

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