Gerrit Dou, Sleeping Dog. 1650, oil on canvas. Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.
I will apologize for making anyone melt due to pup cuteness, but when I saw it, I had to post this lovely painting by Dutch painter Gerrit Dou. Dou began his career working in the studio of Rembrandt and became highly skilled in illusionistic paintings. His works were highly sought after and highly paid for. He had a successful career in Leiden, was commissioned by various courts, and was a popular teacher.