Cats and dogs have lived together with humans for thousands of years, and have time and again inspired artists. They appear in art as both main and supporting characters, have been presented from positive, negative and neutral viewpoints and have been portrayed in all possible genres and techniques. However, the works created by artists over time and the works chosen for this calendar primarily reflect the attitude of people toward animals and, therefore, toward people themselves. This book gives an overview of the meanings of cats and dogs in art and cultural history, and insight into how artists of past centuries reflected attitudes towards nature and animals, thereby shedding light on human nature as well.
The book accompanies the exhibition Always by Our Side: Cats and Dogs in 16th‒19th-Century Art (26.09.–28.02.2021).
Texts by Anu Allikvee, Anu Mänd and Kersti Kuldna-Türkson
Edited by Tiina-Mall Kreem and Aleksandra Murre
Graphic design and image editing by Jaanus Samma
Size 22 × 26 cm
152 pp., sewn paperback
In Estonian, English and Russian, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kadriorg Art Museum, 2020
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