Art That Fits Blog – Part 2

I’m excited to share with you something interesting that a colleague recently passed along to me…This great “Goings On” online feature from the beautiful Garden & Gun publication, sharing the news of a new exhibit at the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia, called Lives of Dogs Viewed Through Literature, Art, and Ephemera. I know that Team Members here at Artaissance, including myself, are always excited when a new piece of art with a canine-inspired theme becomes available! There’s just something about man’s best furry friend that appeals to the masses, and apparently has been for the past several thousand years.

The Lives of Dogs Viewed Through Literature, Art, and Ephemera exhibit shares a fantastic assortment of dog-themed artwork and artifacts going back more than four centuries and will run through mid-December 2010.

Here are some examples of what you will discover as you tour the exhibit:

Dutch brass collar, 1793. From the Collection of Timothy and Jocelyn Greenan.

“The Pointer” by Sydenham Edwards (English, 1768-1819) from Cynographia Britannica. London: C. Whittingham, 1800. From the Collection of William Secord.

World War I German message collar and photograph. From the Collection of Timothy and Jocelyn Greenan.

Herbert Atkinson (English, late 19th century). “Clumber Spaniel.” 1887. Oil on canvas. 9 x 11 inches. Signed Atkinson 1887. From the Collection of Timothy and Jocelyn Greenan

*Above Photos courtesy of the National Sporting Library*

Isn’t this all fantastically intriguing?!? And this is just a taste of all that’s on display at the National Sporting Library!

Now, of course, all of the beautiful, priceless canine-inspired works of art got me thinking again about all of the fantastic dog artwork available through Artaissance, there are so many wonderful images available of man’s best friend! I am a dog lover and I certainly love all of these dog artworks:

“Andy” by Kristin Nelson

“Correspondence” by Jamie Ellsworth

“Free” by Jamie Ellsworth

“Chien I” by Maeve Harris

“Four Dogs IV” by Soraya Chemaly

Now, something you may not know about the Vanderbilt family who built America’s largest home, Biltmore, is that they were dog lovers too! They had dogs both as companions and as hunting partners. If you’ve ever toured Biltmore you’ve probably seen some of the canine mementos that belonged to the family. When the Artaissance team had the opportunity to sift through thousands of books in George Vanderbilt’s library in Biltmore House to select images that would work in the Biltmore for Artaissance collection they found a number of canine-themed images, two of which have been transformed into art via Art That Fits…

“Lion Dog of Malta” courtesy of Biltmore

“D, dogs” courtesy of Biltmore

Fantastic dog art from the Biltmore collection, right?!? That little white fur ball in the top image reminds me of Max, our Bichon/Maltese pup icon_smile-7333239

In addition to sharing art from the pages of George Vanderbilt’s books from Biltmore’s library in our online art gallery, many of the images from the Biltmore collection for Artaissance can be found throughout the new Antler Hill Village located on Biltmore Estate. This new Biltmore attraction holds a new exhibition space, the Outdoor Adventure Center, Cedric’s Tavern, a new winery and more! I know I’m ready for a visit – and I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for Artaissance Biltmore art! Maybe we’ll even catch a glimpse of some of the Vanderbilt’s fantastic dog memorabilia!

How do you honor your love of man’s best friend in your home – would you display fine canine art, perhaps a painting of your pampered pooch or maybe even a lovely dog image from Artaissance?!?


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