Dominican’s Dog?

The Dalmatian‘s roots are somewhat of a mystery. Some claim the breed can be traced to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia, but spotted dogs have appeared in Asia, Africa and Europe, and also been found painted on the walls of tombs running behind Egyptian chariots. A fresco in the Spanish Chapel of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy painted around 1360 shows a spotted dog of the Dalmatian type, and Dominican friars who support this church wear white habits with black overcapes. The church came to be represented symbolically in the art of the day by a black and white dog, particularly during the time of the Inquisition which was overseen by the order of the Dominicans.

“It Came Upon A Christmas Clear” by Anne Zoutsos

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