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Pastoral Journey

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Pastoral Journey


Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (Italian, 1609 - 1664)




about 1650


Brush and brown oil paint and touches of white, blue and rose gouache

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28.1 × 41.3 cm (11 1/16 × 16 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

As a young woman rides her horse through a flock of sheep, she turns to speak to a man walking by her side. The sheep bunch tightly together, guided by three young shepherds, and a man carrying a large pitcher stands beneath a palm tree in the background. This scene probably shows the biblical figures of Abraham and his wife Sarah journeying to Egypt to escape the famine.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione used oil paint to create this detailed drawing. With the tip of the brush, he varied the shape and curve of his strokes to create the woolly sheep coats, the fluttering leaves in the tree overhead, and the softly faded tones of the landscape in the background.

Color in Drawing (March 10 to May 24, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 10 to May 24, 1998
Dominique-Vivant Denon (October 18, 1999 to January 17, 2000)
  • Musée du Louvre (Paris), October 18, 1999 to January 17, 2000
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520-1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001