All Creatures Great and Small

Portion of “Portrait of Marquess Massimiliano Stampa” by Sofonisba Anguissola (1557) @ By Her Hand (Detroit Institute of Arts)

Perhaps it is because this has been the world through my eyes ever since I can remember – a trusted furry friend, curled up at my feet – that my eye is drawn so often to the same in art. Very often in the same position of the piece: bottom right, and in repose.

I may even have such a companion, resting at my heel, as I write this. Although in truth, she prefers to be bottom left.

It’s a wonder any portrait is considered complete without them.

Shot on Pixel 6 Pro.

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