By Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de; Velázquez, Diego; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de; Beusterien, John; Velázquez, Diego
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Rather than studying the animal and human interdependency, Abel Alves interprets the dog dialogue as one that breaks down the species boundary because the dogs work as figures for what goes on in human society. He focuses on the fact that the dialogue is a literary anthropology of Cervantes’ society (57). 1 A Cervantine Animal Exemplum 37 Ever since the classical period, the ownership of true language was reserved exclusively to humans. When the sixteenth-century humanist called on the dog, it did not speak, but, lying asleep by his side, inspired him as he worked tirelessly in his truth-finding pursuits.
Titian’s spaniels had relatively flat heads with a little stop; a type of toy spaniel painted shortly after by Veronese and others had high-domed, sometimes bulging heads. Generally, the small Spanish dogs had drooping ears. The ears were set high, although far enough apart to show the curve of the skull (Kemmerer). Europe designed the animal, especially its head, in correlation with its perceptions of the Spanish people, reflecting a connection between physiognomy and national character. ” In early portraiture the connection between the small dog and the Spaniard was not direct, but not entirely absent either.
27 In a manuscript from about 1580 (Biblioteca del Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo del Escorial, sign. 28–I–10, 11 y 12, vitrinas 21, 22 y 23) entitled Nobility of Spain (Nobiliaro de España) by Alonso Téllez Meneses, a dog with a golden collar is used for the representation of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands (“El escudo”). Later, in the first printed edition of the History of the Canary Islands (1772) the frontispiece includes a coat of arms with two collared dogs holding up an image of the seven Canary Islands by José de Viera y Clavijo, dogs being the etymology of the name of the island (Erbez).