Pastoral Scene

Object Details


Pastoral Scene


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, about 1487 - 1576)




Italy (Place created)


about 1565


Pen and brown ink, black chalk, heightened with white gouache

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19.5 × 30.2 cm (7 11/16 × 11 7/8 in.)

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Known in his paintings for exploring the effects of light on surfaces, Titian here showed that he could achieve similar results with line. His meticulous execution and concern for detail suggest the light, space, and variety of physical forms in the landscape. He suggested textures through varying styles of line, from the loose sketchiness of the puffy trees at the left to the more detailed, yet fluidly rendered, drapery on the female figure at the right. Carefully and economically placed hatchings capture the goat's shimmering fur. Titian even created air with line, as in the atmosphere that envelops the distant city.

The subject is enigmatic, though it may relate to the erotic mythologies that Titian was painting for King Philip II of Spain at about the same time. The underlying theme may be Idleness or Indolence, represented by the two shepherds lounging in the shade with their flock of sheep. Indolence may lead to Lust, personified by the female nude whose face is covered and accompanied by her attributes, the goat and the boar.

Drawings by Old Masters (1953)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1953
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (July 19 to September 10, 1961)
  • City Art Gallery (Manchester), July 19 to September 10, 1961
Disegni di Tiziano e della sua cerchia (1976)
  • Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice), 1976
Old Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition from the Duke of Devonshire (April to July 1977)
  • The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), April to July 1977
Treasures from Chatsworth: The Devonshire Inheritance (1979 to 1981)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1979 to 1981
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond), 1979 to 1981
Le siècle de Titien: L'âge d'or de la peinture à Venise (March 9 to June 14, 1993)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (Paris), March 9 to June 14, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
A North Italian Itinerary: Renaissance Drawings from Leonardo to Titian (December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010