Hunters in the Snow (Winter) (1565) by Pieter Bruegel the ElderKunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Let slip the dogs of art! First up is this faithful pack of hunting dogs in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1565 painting of hunters, trudging home through the deep snow to their small village.
The landscape might be beautiful, but these mutts steal the scene.
Beware of Luxury (“In Weelde Siet Toe”) (1663) by Jan SteenKunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Amidst all the chaos of the house, the little dog has taken the opportunity to steal a slice of the pie.
The Painter and his Pug (1745-01-01) by William HogarthTate Britain
Hogarth's faithful pug, named Trump, stands next to his master's own portrait in this ironic painting. Hogarth himself was often caricatured as a pug!
Trump appears in many other works, but this would be one of the last. Trump died in 1745 at the ripe old age of 15.
Portrait of Queen Charlotte of England (1781/1781) by Thomas Gainsborough, studioGallery of Old and New Masters, Staatliches Museum Schwerin / Ludwigslust / Güstrow
Hector, Nero, and Dash with the parrot, Lory (1838) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1803-73)Royal Collection Trust, UK
Dog Lying in the Snow (1911) by Franz MarcStädel Museum
Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash) (1912) by Giacomo BallaAlbright-Knox Art Gallery
White Angora Cat Chasing a Butterfly (circa 1761) by Jean-Jacques BachelierRmn-Grand Palais