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Pets Art: the portraits of beloved pet animals

Antonia Sautter

16 July 2019

min. read

Our pets have long been part of our lives and families, and desiring to have a portrait of our four legged friends has become a pretty normal habit, to keep our most beautiful memories forever with us.

Did you know, for example, that in the history of art, the most represented animal is the cat? Even more than the dog, that is second in line.

From Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso, going through Raffaello Sanzio and Monet, animals, after women and angels, are the most appreciated elements in art for many painters.

The strong symbolic bond between humans and their pets, dates back to the Reinassance, when the protagonists of the portraits were used to be represented together with an animal enhancing their virtues, for example, a portrait with a dog was symbol of loyalty and fidelity.

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In addition to the allegorical meanings behind, the portrait of pets has always been a simple gesture of love, for our little friends, faithful companions of our lives, that with their own language and temper, are indeed part of the family.

For some people, the bond between a human and his pets can appear to be an exaggeration, but all those who
tried at least once, know what it means to have such a special connection, and how much you can actually learn from it.

For me it all began with Max, my beloved pug, companion of many years, always with me during my working days, famous mascot of my boutique near Piazza San Marco, dedicated to masks and décor accessories, that has exactly the same name, Max.

Max was such a devoted and enthusiast participant to my daily life in the sewing room, for the making of costumes and accessories, that he ended up wearing my creations. I found myself creating special bespoke accessories for him, like the Renaissance inspired ruffs, that he was wearing with vibrant appreciation instead of the normal dog collars.

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For sure there are those thinking this innocent games end up ridiculing the real essence of a dog, but to be honest, the intimate bond that Max had with me, was making him part of my daily life and all that revolves around it, and more of the times, it was Max himself insisting to wear my creations with fierceness and vanity. For him it was a game, and he was showing his appreciation nibbling my creations for him! Thinking of these moments together, is still great source of sweetness and lightness in my life.

In his memory, in 2003 I thought of dedicating a costume portrait to Max, to combine the two loves of my life. So, I decided to keep the portrait in my boutique and show it proudly in the shop window. Since then, many customers asked me about how to make the same thing, curious if it is possible to have one also for their beloved pets.

And that’s how I started to receive many Pets Art orders, especially for cats and dogs. People give me the photo of their pet animal, and once decided together the best posture, the creative part of the job starts: the choice for the costume to use, for the oil on canvas painting. Possibilities are endless!

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I ship the portraits all over the world, and with my clients I establish a long lasting relationship: they send me their stories, anecdotes, information about the temper of their animals, in order to capture their soul in the portrait.

For more information you can write me at

info@antoniasautter.it

or ask my Boutique in Venice, Max Art Shop, San Marco Calle Frezzaria, 1232, where you can also admire the portrait of my Max, showing off in the shop window, where it was positioned originally, and always will be.

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