Art Appreciation for Dogs

Guide Dog at Getty Center

Photo courtesy of Robby-Dobby

It’s not often that Getty Center visitors come in the four-legged variety.

Oh, we do have goats come to visit, and also canine security officers with ID badges.

And we once had a focus group to which a participant brought her guide dog, who humbly waited under the table. During lunch, I managed to “accidentally” drop a few crumbs, which magically disappeared.

But still, as one frequent visitor relates, everyone is delighted when he and his guide dog, Dobby, come to the Getty Center. Apparently, Dobby loves negotiating the garden paths, but it seems we need to do more canine outreach when it comes to art appreciation.

So, for Dobby and all the other dogs reading this, here are some works of art from the Getty’s collection that you might like:

Jean-Étienne Liotard, Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Jean-Étienne Liotard, Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Joseph Wright of Derby, John Whetham of Kirklington, The J. Paul Getty Museum

John Whetham of Kirklington, Joseph Wright of Derby. The J. Paul Getty Museum

William Eggleston, Algiers, Louisiana, © Eggleston Artistic Trust, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Algiers, Louisiana, William Eggleston. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Or, perhaps the next one will get Dobby’s attention…

Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange

Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau. The J. Paul Getty Museum


2 Responses to Art Appreciation for Dogs

  1. Robert Muniz says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Vicki. I’ll be sure to point out your art appreciation suggestions to Dobby next time we visit The Getty…

  2. MDA says:

    Not sure if Jeff Koon’s Puppy outside the Bilbao Guggenheim would be a welcoming or scary sight for canine visitors

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