Object Image

Shepherds in a Landscape

This depiction of a group of shepherds seated in a landscape is a pictorial manifestation of Arcadia. Two different artists completed the composition-the son (Domenico) of the original artist (Giulio) added the shepherds playing instruments to his father's landscape- and their distinctive styles can be observed on the right and left sides. Such "pastoral concerts" posed contrasts between urban and pastoral worlds. The spatial layout of this image is ambiguous, offering less a natural experience of landscape than an atmospheric, constructed space full of delicate surfaces, patterns, and lines.

Credit: Dudley P. Allen Fund...

c. 1517
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
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