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The Shepherd

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1644

Artist:

Paulus Potter
Dutch, 1625-1654

About this artwork

Early in his career, Paulus Potter was strongly influenced by the etchings of Gerrit Claesz. Bleker (1625–1665), which featured pastoral scenes of rustic shepherds and domestic animals. Potter favored works of this nature himself, producing both prints and drawings. Here he examined the relationship between the shepherd and his sheep, showing the farmer calming his herd by playing a flute. The beasts, in return, remain near their caretaker, despite the vast countryside in which they can roam. The sheep sit contentedly in the shade while a farmer plows the land in the distance, allowing Potter to convey the intimate connection of man and animal to the land.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paulus Potter

Title

The Shepherd

Origin

Holland

Date

Made 1639–1649

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

181 × 268 mm

Credit Line

Bernard F. Rogers Collection

Reference Number

1935.429

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