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Symbol of fidelity, constant listener to his master’s voice, cute puppy or hunting hound? The dog plays as many roles in art as it does in life, portrayed realistically, sentimentally or even as an exercise in artistic style. Taking Landseer’s Dignity and Impudence (Tate Gallery) as our starting point, this talk explores the canine presence in the world of art.
This lecture is the first of the series Three Animal Paintings. The other two are as follows:
Wednesday 9th August, 6pm - Whistlejacket – the Horse in Art
Transport, war, agriculture, sport and, of course, status – for centuries and across continents the horse has been a vital component in all these areas, which ensures its depiction in a massive range of different artistic subjects and genres. Using Stubbs’s huge equine portrait, Whistlejacket (National Gallery, London) as an introduction, this talk examines the many reasons why (and how) horses have been depicted in art.
Wednesday 16th August, 6pm - Blinking in the Sun – the Cat in Art
One of the most popular works in the Laing Art Gallery, Ralph Hedley’s Blinking in the Sun – Cat in a Cottage Window inspires this lecture on the many modes and moods of the feline presence in art, ranging from Ancient Egyptian amulets to Art Nouveau posters. This talk offers a chance to explore how the many-faceted cat can appear as an indicator of status, emotion, domesticity, innocence, sexuality, cunning or beauty – anything from predator to pet.
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