I am currently reading a very good book called, 'The Dog, 5000 years of the dog in art' by Tamsin Pickeral. So far so good, I am reading it as part of my research in hopes to benefit my project in fourth year. I think it is best when creating art to go back to the beginning so you can move forward in the future. No matter what medium you are using whither it is painting, photography, printmaking, est. there is always something new to learn.
This painting, 'Diogenes' by Jean-Leon Gerome is one of the first that stuck out to me. Below is a description of the painting taken from 500 years of the dog in art.
Diogenes, for example, allegedly lived like a dog in all bodily was, and praised the moral virtues of the dog. Accordingly, the word 'cynic' derives from the Greek word kunikos, meaning doglike, and kuon, meaning dog. later the term 'cynic' was used to mean 'faultfinder' (Cynics pointed out the faults in others), while today it describes a person distrustful of sincerity or scornful of other."
-'The Dog, 5000 Years of The Dog in Art by Tamsin Pickeral
Isn't it nice to learn something new?!