Aug 25, 2006

Shepherds in a Landscape

Shepherds in a Landscape

c. 1517

Giulio Campagnola

(Italian, 1482–1515)

and Domenico Campagnola

(Italian, 1500–1564)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1948.12

Catalogue raisonné: Hind V(II).196.6 ; Bartsch XIII.383.9 ; Passavant V.168.9 ; Hind (B.M) 499.11-9


Did you know?

This composition was begun by Giulio Campagnola, who made the landscape, and finished by his son, Domenico, who completed the figures.


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.

See also
PR - Engraving
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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