Vatican City is an independent city-state within the city of Rome, capital of Italy, and also the smallest country in the world. It is a sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the pope, the head of the Catholic church. Vatican City is the home to many cultural sites and numerous, priceless works of art. Some of the most important sites are St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the museums of Vatican where many masterpieces are stored, such as Giotto’s Stefaneschi Triptych, Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno, Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness, and Caravaggio’s Entombment.
Vatican City Dog Names in Pop Culture
Many dogs throughout history have earned their own statues, paintings, and movies. Many of them are celebrities in their hometowns, starred in fabulous movies, and have their faces immortalized in paintings and literary works of art. One of these famous dogs who entered into the world of art is the famous Jennings Dog.
Jennings Dog is a Roman sculpture of a dog who got his name after his first owner, Henry Constantine Jennings, an antiquarian and the collector who acquired the statue and became famous for it. The Jennings Dog statue originates from the 2nd century AD, and it is a Roman copy of the Hellenistic bronze statue. The original statue probably dates back to 2nd century BC, which is considerably older than the reproduction. Jennings Dog statue is 1.05 meters high, which translates to three feet and five inches, and it is the only figure of an animal that survived from the Antique times.
The British Museum identified the Jennings to be of the Molossian breed, which is an ancient breed of dog from Europe. A Molossian hound is the ancestor of the Mastiff-type dogs of today, which only shows how old and relevant the Jennings is.
Jennings was discovered near the ancient Lanuvium where the imperial villa of Antonius Pius was located, at Monte Cagnuolo. The first known owner of the statue was the antiquities dealer, sculptor, and restorer Bartolomeo Cavaceppi when Henry Constantine Jennings spotted it in the pile of rubble in his workshop in Rome and bought it off him. Henry brought Jennings back to Britain, and it instantly became famous. Horace Walpole, an Earl of Orford, writer, historian, and a man of letters praised the sculpture and found it exceptionally beautiful and valuable.
As for Jennings’ origins, historians are conflicted. Some consider that he came from Plutarch’s story of Alcibiades who cut the tail of a big handsome dog so it could invoke pity from the Athenians. Henry considers this to be his origin story, as Jennings also has a docked tail.
Henry sold the Jennings Dog to pay off his gambling debts in 1778, and the sculpture was later sold to Rt Hon Charles Duncombe, and it stood in his entrance hall for 150 years! Finally, Charles Anthony Peter Duncombe, his descendant, sold the Jennings to The British Museum where it still stands on a permanent display.
Vatican City Dog Name Considerations
If at any case you run out of ideas for your doggo’s new moniker, look no closer than the Vatican City. It is home to numerous works of art and has always been the home of the pope, so names are not in the scarcity here. Starting with the artists whose masterpieces adorn the walls of the Vatican Museums, consider the name Michelangelo, a master whose works on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel are talked about all over the world, and it is one of the most stunning pieces of art ever created. Another fantastic name is Filippo, after Filippo Lippi, an Italian painter whose painting Marsuppini Coronation is housed in Pinacoteca Vaticana.
Some of the other artists whose works are displayed as a part of the Collection of Modern Religious Art in the Vatican are Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, and Giorgio de Chirico, whose names can become your dog’s, and will surely be a great conversation starter in the dog park. If you are running out of ideas, look at the painting Pieta, and name your doggo either Pieta or Giovanni, after Giovanni Bellini who created it, or go for Madonna, after the painting Madonna of Foligno created by Raphael.