August 26 is National Dog Day, and we couldn’t help but notice the many dogs that roam the Museum’s collection. Across centuries and cultures, dogs have been used repeatedly in works of art as signs of protection and companionship. The dogs in our collection are found in art dating from 200 B.C. to present day, weaving a common thread between ancient times and our daily lives. From photographs and paintings to even whistles and couches, dogs are found in unexpected ways throughout the BMA. Despite their differences, each of these dogs has one thing in common: they are all sure to make us smile.
Here are 10 dogs from our collection to celebrate National Dog Day! How many can you find in our galleries?