A Dog. Just a Dog

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What is it about this enigmatic, hermetic, seductive, desolate painting that has attracted and captivated so many people over the ages? There is special relevance in connecting The Dog and The Disasters of War. Make no mistake: we are disturbed by Goya not only because he shows us things we would rather not look at, but also because when we come up with the eternal alibi of consoling ourselves by judging and condemning others. What do we see? The head of a dog emerging in a landscape, or rather a non- landscape. In short, a painting that is at the same time extremely hermetic and extremely eloquent. But what if everything were so moving, so radically human, so vitally inescapable, that it distracted us in our contemplation. The only gaze it admits is a fully, totally contemplative one, without the distraction of having anything to contemplate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtues and Economics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameVirtues and Economics
ISSN (Print)2520-1794
ISSN (Electronic)2520-1808


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