Okay, I am feeling a little OCD. But here is the second painting with Carpaccio’s dog. It’s in the gondola bottom right. This painting is called “Healing of a Madman.” It’s in the Galleria dell’Accademia. Notice the strange Venetian chimney pots. I find them disturbing. I think they are disturbing because Carpaccio seems to be drawing a parallel between the human figures and the chimney pots. Do we detect here a whiff of autism in a painter clearly more comfortable with dogs and chimney pots than people? (I suggest this knowing that it will set off a firestorm in the claustrophobic world of Venetian art criticism.) What about Carpaccio’s dog thing anyway?
his little dog, Carpaccio
and so would I too:
Abroad with dog, heart’s desire.
dog is always on my mind,
or at least a world
where small beasts dwell. Desire is
mortal, love not quite fleeting.
— Karen Mulhallen
See also “Solomon’s Judgement.”