This painting is from a german noble woman with her little maltese painted by Cranach the Older in the middle ages, end of the 14th century. There is still the typical stiffness of the painted characters to observe which is overcome in the renaissance a little later on. The little Jewel suffers a little from this rigid expression same as his Mom :-) Again, we see its coat cut in the then fashionable "Lioncut" :-)
Duplessis Joseph Siffred - 1725 - 1802 - is the french painter who painted this grand Dame with her Maltese. We do not know who she was but I really like her. She and her Maltese look at us through time with intelligent and smiling eyes, I wish I could have been her friend. I think she was a very interesting human being and so was her little Maltese!
David Emile Joseph de Noter (1812-1892) is the author of this enchanting victorian painting. Besides giving us a view unto the victorian lifestyle, we see here a conspiracy between the Lady and her Maltese She is showing him the treat he is about to get and he does his part in giving her joy with his well educated little paw in the air,a gesture which our Maltese know to do so well and both are enjoying themselves as we can see! The title of this painting is "The Ladies obedient dog".
Here we have a painting of Love....I think it was his mommy who painted her Maltese who looks sooo cute and spoiled with his little bow on his velvet pillow....The painting is from the 19th century, I found it in a Gallery :-)
Definitely, 18th century is the time of great, painters and of course, our Maltese, being such pretty creatures, were immortalized by those too. Here we have one of England great painters, Joshua Reynolds, who is the author of this precious painting named "Nelly O'Brien", from 1763. Reynolds had a dominion of the Light, similar to Rembrandt, and his paintings are worth millions today. Our Maltese rests his head on his Ladies hand in that typical gesture and expression we also love so much…
Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931) is the author of this portrait of a woman with her beloved Maltese painted in 1878. This painting is interesting for us it shows our Maltese is wearing already a topknot. It is the oldest portrait of a white jewel wearing a topknot as we know them today. Very endearing for the viewer is the Love of the woman for her precious Maltese, even though his body tells us that he would rather be chasing a toy, just like ours when we want them to hold still for a picture.
well well, talking about hairstyles! This english painting shows a Maltese cut which is from the end of the 18th century, this means, about 240 years ago someone cut this Malteses hair in this most extraordinaire fashion :-) What do you say, Ladies?
Now, in our voyage through history, we enter the 18th century, going backwards in time to see the painting of a great painter, Jean Honore Fragonard - (1732-1806) - who painted this masterpiece, called "Love Letter". our little Maltese is part of this conspirary of the heart, keeping watch so nobody surprises his Lady....enjoy!