The dog has had an important place in human mythology ,and was considered an animal of exceptional courage. The first appearance of the dog in painting appears on ancient cave art: the loveable companion was the first animal to be domesticated, and has been by our side ever since. Hunting in the Middle Ages was an important tool of social cohesion, and the dog played a key role, featuring in countless book illustrations and murals. But it wasn’t until the Renaissance that the dog began to be featured in scenes of daily life. The first portrait of a dog came shortly after, in the sixteenth century, beginning an unbroken tradition of dedicating a timeless memorial to our canine friends that has lasted right up until the colorful charm found in the works of artists like Dean Russo, Iris Scott, and DawgArt.