Gerrit Dou (April 7, 1613 - February 9, 1675), also known as Gerard and Douw or Dow, was a Dutch Golden Age* painter, whose small, highly-polished paintings are typical of the Leiden fijnschilders. He specialized in genre scenes and is noted for
his trompe l'oeil* "niche" paintings and candlelit night-scenes with strong chiaroscuro*.
His first instructor in drawing and design w
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