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The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Hardcover – September 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811855414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811855419
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Asrelsky on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have just received the six new copies of The Artful Dog which I intend to give to all the dog-people on my list, (and some cat-lovers, too). Shari Thompson has discovered a splendid canine collection in the MM of A and matched them to an assortment of most appropriate quotations from a wide range of dog-lovers - St. Bernard (the human) to Ogden Nash. It is a visual and verbal delight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janice Odell on November 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a jewell. My husband and I keep in on our table and read from it every day. The quotes inspire us for the entire day. Each one is endowed with great wisdom and humor. The art is exquisite. Shari Thompson has accompished an amazing body of work. Her research and choices have produced a rich and beautiful little book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Koscianski on December 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A great gift for the dog lover on your list. Great art, great quotes. An excellent coffee table book. Easy to pick up, dip into and put down. An appropriate gift for most occassions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dori on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful little book, which I received as a gift, is pure joy with it's delightful reproductions of paintings and photographs of dogs of all types from New York's Metropolitan Museum. Each work of art is accompanied by an enchanting quote or short poem that miraculously reflects the art...how did the author ever find these? Dog lovers and art lovers alike will be totally charmed, as I am. It was a great gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Irving on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
THE ARTFUL DOG A gift book for the die-hard love any dog person. This beautifully produced 158 x 142 mm hard back with full gloss dustjacket is a celebration of the dog with samples of the works housed at the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) with matched quotations.

The information on the artworks featured is included at the end, you may need a magnifying glass to read the notations though. The quotes are, naturally, credited where they are featured, but there is more information at the conclusion of the book too. This makes the book a useful resource for follow up investigation, but as a purebreed researcher it is of little value as many of the chosen artworks featured indistinguishable breeds. As a source of research into handling art mediums it is also of little value. As a compendium of the penetration into society as demonstrated by a diverse range of materials used to feature dogs, it is intriguing, apart from the typical oil painting, plaited rugs, embroidery, photography and watercolour media are also incorporated in to the slender volume. The quotes are sometimes familiar, sometimes not, the charm of them is that the editor (Shari Thompson) has matched the theme of the artwork with the quote.

For a stocking filler or for someone who loves dogs for being dogs this is a delightful title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2009
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I bought this book because I am going to visit my nieces who live in New York City. I thought it would be fun to research some of the famous paintings at the Met before I went to visit. My nieces and I love dogs, so that is why I bought the Artful Dog. I've read the book & picked out a few of my favorite paintings. I am going to send the book to my nieces in New York City & ask them to choose their favorites. Then when I go visit, we'll go find our favorite dog paintings at the Met. With the Met being so large, I thought this would be a good way to plan our trip to the museum. We'll go with a purpose...to find our favorite dog paintings! The famous quotes included in the book are great, too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Micki on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This makes a delightful gift for every dog lover on your holiday list. It's also a much better host/hostess bring-along than a bottle of wine, for it lasts much longer, providing enjoyment each time the reader opens it. Dogs in art and clever quotes are superbly matched by the editors!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. M. CRUZ on June 20, 2009
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Great gifts for friends who love dogs and who love the Met! Would buy from this vendor again.
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