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Animals Look up to Old Masters

On two trips to the Getty Center in Los Angeles last week, I noticed that many paintings there contain animals near the bottom of the composition who serve to redirect the viewer’s eye back up to the focal point. Many of these animals are dogs, but there are also bunnies, pigs, birds, frogs, oxen, demons, lions, dragons, and even guinea pigs. Check out the details in my Flickr photostream: Animals Look up to Old Masters.

Animals Look up to Old Masters
Animals Look up to Old Masters


The paintings I photographed at the Getty are as follows (sorry, I failed to get information on four of them):

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