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Roman Fountain with Cattle and Figures

Surrounded by animals, rural labourers go about their day’s work. The woman in the blue skirt, milking the goat, has her back turned away from the viewer, revealing the dirty soles of her feet. At the edge of a classical fountain adorned with an antique state, a woman washes linens in the water.   

Berchem was a Dutch landscape painter, working primarily in the city of Haarlem. Sunny, pastoral landscapes such as this were characteristic of Berchem’s work in the mid-1640s and many have been inspired by his travels to Rome. 

Currently on display

Artist
Nicolaes Berchem
Date
c. 1645–46
Location
Gallery 5
Dimensions
36.8 x 48.4 cm
Materials
Oil on panel
Inscription
Signed, bottom left: 'Berchem.'
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG166