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Landscape with Shepherds and Cattle

Landscape with Shepherds and Cattle


Dirck van Bergen

Dutch, 1645- ca.1690

Even after the Dutch Golden Age had peaked, Dirk van Bergen continued to explore the popular theme of idyllic pastoral life, evoking the hillsides of sunny Italy. The two shepherds and their farm animals are gathered around the gnarled tree, but the most compelling element is the gaze of the brown and white steer.

Oil on canvas
24 13/16 x 32 1/16 in. (63 x 81.5 cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Not currently on view

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