Everyone loves dogs.
And so did Albrecht Dürer. More than likely, Dürer included dogs in his prints because they were an integral part of medieval society as hunters and companions, and thus had the same marketing appeal as they do today. But is it possible that the dogs of Dürer illustrated secret messages?
Let’s take a closer look at the Dogs of Dürer.
The very first time that we find a dog in a Dürer print is in this print from 1496
What kind of dog is this? A Portuguese Water Dog. The first description of this dog was found in a monk’s journal in 1297, where it was described as rescuing a dying sailor. It is believed that poodles may have descended from this dog.
THE DOGS OF DÜRER