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Landscape with Cattle, Sheep, and Shepherds

18th century - 19th century

14 3/16 in. x 19 5/8 in. (36.1 cm x 49.8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: VP.890
Geography: Europe
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Paintings; Watercolors and Gouaches
Culture/Nationality: European
Collection: Drexel–Van Pelt Collection

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  • cattle - A collective term referring to live animals, particularly bovine animals, held as property or reared to serve as meat, or sources of milk, skin, wool, etc.
  • landscapes
  • Ovis - Refers to members of the genus containing 5 or more species of ruminant (cud-chewing) mammals, including domestic sheep. Sheep are typically distinguished from goats by being stockier, having horns that more divergent in form, having scent glands in its face and hind feet, and the males lack the beards of goats. In all wild species of sheep, the outer coat is hair overlaying a short undercoat of fine wool; the fine wool has been developed into the fleece of domesticated sheep. Sheep were first domesticated from wild species of sheep at least 5000 BCE, and their remains have been found at numerous sites of early human habitation in the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. Domesticated sheep are raised for their fleece, milk, and meat.
  • shepherds - Persons who guard, tend and herd flocks of sheep grazing at large.
  • watercolor - Transparent aqueous based paint produced by mixing ground pigments with water and, generally, gum arabic; paints made with vegetable gum binders were used by Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artists for wall paintings. Japanese and Chinese painters extensively used watercolor paints on silk panels and delicate paper scrolls. In the 16th through18th century, watercolor paints were used for miniature illustrations on porcelain, ivory, cards, books and manuscripts. By the 18th and early 19th centuries, watercolors rapidly increased in popularity due to the availability of small cakes of watercolor paints in metal pans, usually applied to a paper support by using a brush.

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