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Shepherd Playing a Flute

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1644/45

Artist:

Nicolaes Berchem
Dutch, 1620-1683

About this artwork

During the Renaissance and early modern periods, pastoral motifs (such as shepherds herding livestock) became quite popular, as they had been in antiquity. Pastoral images portray an idyllic fantasy of outdoor living, made to appeal to an urban audience far removed from the realities of agrarian life. One popular pastoral theme was a shepherd playing a flute for a young woman, which could have erotic undertones. Here a young man serenades not only a maiden, but also a menagerie of animals including a cow, a donkey, a goat, and a sheep.

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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Nicolaes Berchem

Title

Shepherd Playing a Flute

Origin

Holland

Date

Made 1644–1645

Medium

Etching in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

185 × 139 mm

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1926.1888

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