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Canine Masterpieces: Iconic Dogs from the Art History Canon with Dr. Alette Fleischer
From the first domesticated dogs onwards, humans relied on their dog as an assistant at a hunt, a guard against wrongdoers, an aid for the disabled, and a loyal buddy for all. No wonder that our canine companions have been painted together with humans throughout the centuries and cultures.
Our most loyal and constant companion is our dog. From the largest to the smallest of breeds, a dog is a real member of the family: always rejoiced to see you come home and sad to see you leave. No wonder that artists, from prehistoric times up to today, and throughout all cultures, have depicted dogs alongside humans and individually.
Dogs, in all their different guises and functions, are rendered in art by every famous painter in history, from Botticelli and Vermeer to Picasso and David Hockney. A dog adds meaning to the owner: being obedient to its master, being brave, being loyal, being caring to its mistress, or being playful towards a child.
Led by an expert on cultural history, Dr Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will present well-known and lesser-known paintings seen from a dog’s perspective. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of the important role dogs have in our life, art and culture.
Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a PhD in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times.
Motto: staying curious is key for being a good historian.