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Asked • 01/08/20

What is the cultural and/or religious significance of canines being depicted in Western Art throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?

Throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance especially, dogs are depicted in a wide variety of works sitting in a woman's lap or laying on the bed in various stages of rest. What is the cultural and/or religious significance of these dogs? Also, please take note of the specific type of paintings these dogs are recurring in.

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