Check out our new arts investigation into paintings of dogs at the Louvre. It’s interesting to see how many painters over history have placed dogs in prominent positions in their paintings. Take for example this painting by Peter Paul Rubens titled “The Coronation of Marie de Medici,” 1621–25, which is in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. How likely is it that there were really two dogs sitting front and center in the midst of this big crowd watching Marie de Medici get the crown placed on her head? The truth is, placement of dogs in paintings like this are often meant to symbolize loyalty, protection, and faithfulness, as opposed to being a realistic recording of dogs being present in the actual events.
On a side note, this painting is one of 24 that Marie de Medici commissioned Peter Paul Rubens to paint in 1621, with the instructions that the series depict Marie’s own struggles and triumphs in life, along with portraits of herself and her parents.
You can click on the link above or on the image below to see more dogs in paintings at the Louvre.