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Cave Canem: Beware of Dog

by Jenny Doss

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Art: Cave Canem: Beware of Dog by Artist Jenny Doss

I have been fascinated with the famous mosaic from an entryway to a home in Pompeii that depicts a chained dog and the words "Cave Canem". The term translates into our present day "Beware of Dog".

The original mosaic depicts a ferocious looking beast chained up, snarling at any potential intruder. Was there really a dog who lived in that home that the mosaic was modeled upon? We'll never know. But the link between man and dog cannot be disputed.

I wanted to re-create the mosiac in my modern "Color and Motion" pop-art style of painting. Replacing the dog's chain and collar with just the collar, and leaving off the warning, I painted the piece with bright primary colors.


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Detail Image for art Cave Canem: Beware of Dog

Original Mosaic found in Pompeii:

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