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The Hermitage Dogs

Treasures from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and has been open to the public since 1852.  Its collections hold more than three million items, from Egyptian and classical antiquities, jewelry and weapons, to a stunning range of Russian and European masterworks from the Renaissance to the present.

And hiding in and among those three million items, in plain sight yet all but unnoticed? Dogs. This book gives humanity’s favorite four-footed friends the run of the place, reproducing dozens of images of dogs from the artworks held by the Hermitage. From full-on portraits to minor, incidental images from the edges of giant canvases—which are among the most surprising and entertaining animals in the books—Hermitage Dogs will set tails wagging for art lovers and pet owners alike.

80 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 7 1/2 x 8 | © 2015

Art: Art--General Studies

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"There are hunting dogs, famous packs, draught dogs, delightful toys, dogs famous and unknown. Most illuminating is the chapter on dogs as symbols: dogs can be conveying fidelity, status, piety, hope, watchfulness and even their place on the canvas had meaning to the contemporary eye."

Kennel Gazette

Table of Contents

Our First Ally
There is a Little Dog in All of Us
Companions if Gods and Heroes
The God in the Kingdom of the Dead
Intermediaries between Worlds
Dogs in the Calendar and the Heavens
Pure and Impure
Dogs: Symbols and Allegories
Dogs in Service
Guard Dogs
Herding Dogs
Hunting Dogs
Dogs of War
Draught Dogs
Sniffer Dogs
The Romanov’s Dogs
Man’s Best Friend 

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