Sleeping Shepherd1500 - 1510
This work, attributed to the great Venetian painter Titian, was probably made for an aristocratic household for placement over a door. The subject is a pastoral landscape—an idyllic scene of rural life in which nature is presented as a comforting source of physical and spiritual sustenance. Note how the shepherd is cradled by his surroundings, with plentiful greenery for his plump goats. Pastoral scenes were popular in Europe in the early 16th century.
- 27.6 x 127.6 cm
- Oil on panel
- Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation
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