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Pastoral Scene
  • Netherlands
  • Pastoral Scene, late 1700s
  • Where object was made: Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands)
  • woodcut printed in colors on laid paper
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 367 x 470 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 7/16 x 18 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0030
Description

A repeated pattern of a pastoral scene. A shepherdess wearing a sun hat and carrying a staff sits by a tree while her lover plays a horn for her. He sits on a stone with his back against a tree. Foliage separates the two. Above and below the main scene animals graze in the field. The animals above the scene include a cow, a sheep, and a male goat. Below the scene, the animals include a pig, a sheep, and a stag. The entirety of the scene is repeated on the right side of the sheet of paper. Gold, green, and red pigments provide shading and color for the animals, foliage, and people. Sprigs of grass fill the negative space.