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.