The world’s only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed doghouse—a quirky footnote in the iconic architect’s seven-decade career— had a leaky roof and was snubbed by the dog it was intended to shelter. It does, however, have a charming origin story.
In the early 1950s, Robert Berger of San Anselmo, Calif., asked Wright to design a family home that was “expandable, inexpensive and easy for one person to build.” Wright agreed, drafting a set of plans for a prototype of what he came to call his Usonian homes.
When 27-year-old Giuseppe Castiglione boarded the sailing ship that would carry him from Italy to China, he probably had no idea that he would spend the rest of his adult life there, embraced by emperors and immersed in a culture very different from his own.
Roy De Forest’s paintings, drawings and sculptures invite the viewer into mythical terrains of mountainous vistas and overgrown foliage. Set within those landscapes are mysterious figures, boats, planes and animals, particularly dogs. With titles that often suggest a journey or a quest, De Forest’s works are densely composed, complex mélanges of textures, colors and shapes … phantasmagorical universes where humans and animals wander in awe.
In her new book, The Education of Will, animal behavior pro Patricia McConnell goes somewhat off script, or at least, off the script that her readers have been enthusiastically following over the course of more than a dozen books and booklets she’s authored/ coauthored over the years. In it, she explores the ways early trauma can affect a dog’s behavior, and most certainly affected her own.
Bark: Do you think you would have recognized your need for therapy if Willie hadn’t been such a troubled dog?
New York City’s venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art recently gave back big time to art lovers everywhere when it changed its policy to allow the free, unrestricted use of artworks in its collection that are in the public domain (i.e., not protected by intellectual property laws). Under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation, the Met’s new “open access” policy facilitates scholarly and commercial use of more than 375,000 images. We were so excited by this great news that we went sniffing around to see what we could find to share with you.
IN THE LATER MIDDLE Ages, venery—the historical term for hunting with dogs—became a favorite sport for the aristocracy. Nobles justified it as a way to exercise the body and mind, prevent the sin of idleness, and learn the skills of warfare. Planning and executing the chase (in particular, the hunt for the stag) provided them with opportunities to practice knightly virtues in peacetime.