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Pastoral Scene with a Shepherdess Milking a Goat

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem (Dutch, 1621/22-1683)

About this artwork

One of the most prolific Dutch landscape painters, Nicolas Pietersz. Berchem executed scenes of the Italian campagna (countryside) for cosmopolitan collectors who appreciated foreign views. Against the muddy palette used for the livestock, Berchem highlighted the shepherdess’s skirt with a vibrant blue, a color that attracts the eye of the viewer and of the young shepherd nearby. Alongside paintings of the flat but fertile Dutch landscape, collectors enjoyed fanciful depictions of Italy for their hilly terrain and playful peasants.


On View, Gallery 213


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Nicolaes Berchem


Pastoral Scene with a Shepherdess Milking a Goat


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed at lower right: Berchem. f


24.8 × 31.1 cm (9 1/4 × 12 1/4 in.); Framed: 40 × 46.7 × 4.5 cm (15 3/4 × 18 3/8 × 1 3/4 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Donald and Carol Asher; gift in part from Scott, Lynda, Jonathan, and Lindsey Canel; and purchased with funds provided by Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan in honor of Marlene Welsh Phillips

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