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Landscape with shepherds
17th Century
Gaspare DUGHET
Landscape with shepherds
[Paesaggio con contadini]
Oil on canvas
124 x 186 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection

A French painter who settled in Rome with his brother in-law Nicolas Poussin, Dughet specialised in landscapes which he painted quickly. Travellers, especially the English, collected his works which contributed to the understanding of what a picturesque landscape should be. Tiny foreground figures on a rustic path are separated by deep shadows from a background of stone buildings. These and the mountain beyond are bathed in a golden light.

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