Saturday, November 3, 2012


One of my favorite masterpieces in art history: Puppy playing with a pheasant feather, ink on silk scroll by 16th century Korean artist Yi Am. Of royal lineage, he rightly was celebrated both in Korea and Japan for his animal paintings, particularly of dogs. This puppy's palpable glee with his prize remains so well observed by this artist that one can be sure he enjoyed dogs for their own charming sakes, not just as the occasional comestibles of the era.

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