Dogs in art


Humans have always depicted the animals around them. Cave paintings, archaeology, sculpture and paintings illustrate the important role dogs have played in our daily life and our imagination – guard, hunter or companion, hellhound, guardian of the dying, symbol of vigilance, loyalty and obedience, or accursed, linked to death and the forces of evil. Dogs have also been widely used in heraldry, coins and, more recently, postage stamps.