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Dogs in Dutch Genre Painting

Dutch 17th century art is full of dogs. The highly popular (then and now) and numerous genre paintings feature our furry friends so often, they seem part of the furniture. Not only were dogs useful, loved and popular companions, they also made fabulous painting models. Spaniels especially feature repeatedly in these beautiful little art works. Spaniel-biased as I am I would totally agree they are the best looking dog all round, yet in these 17th century pictures they are not always featured for their positive traits…

9 Steps to a Pet Portrait

Fancying something different and being in the mood for pet stuff I decided to do a small portrait of my dog Flynn. He is a 20 month old Welsh Springer Spaniel. I was put on the dog trail by my…

Bitesize Blog: Dog Asleep

Gerrit Dou Dog Asleep Oil on panel, 6½ x 8½ in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm.) , 1650 This cuddly sleeping dog is tiny. Well, the oil painting is at just 7×9″ (c. 21x16cm). Gerrit Dou was and is famous for…

Painted Pals

I am indulging myself in going slightly dog mad these days. With a new puppy on the way I thought it fun to explore dogs in art history, especially the 17th century, and, well, especially Spaniels….