Jacopo Bassano⁣ Two Hunting Dogs Tied to a Tree Stump⁣

8/28/2021, 8:30:18 PM
Jacopo Bassano⁣ Two Hunting Dogs Tied to a Tree Stump⁣ 1548⁣ “Jacopo Bassano was a master of depicting dogs, and included them as incidentals in many of his paintings. This work was one of the earliest paintings to use dogs as its sole subject matter. The painting was commissioned by Antonio Zentani, a wealthy Venetian art collector, and depicts two hounds from his hunting kennels. The two dogs, which resemble pointers, fill the canvas, so that they are thrust into the viewer’s focus. This lends them great monumentality and puts them on the same level as the viewer, with the standing dog making direct eye contact. The realism with which they are depicted is quite extraordinary, the tactile quality of their coats convincing and the life beneath the surface of the paint almost tangible.⁣ The dogs themselves are significantly more realistic in their portrayal than the expertly painted but contrived foliage in the right foreground, and this contrast accentuates their animal quality, lending them the movement and spirit of a pair of real hunting dogs.⁣ This work set something of a precedent for the depiction of dogs, and influenced other artists, while Bassano later produced several more paintings with dogs as the sole subject.”⁣ 🏛 (Musée du Louvre)⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #kunst #arte #artonig #konst #jacopobassano #bassano #twohuntingdogs #twohounds #twohuntingdogstiedtoatreestump #louvre #16thcenturyart

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