(b. 1560, Bologna, d. 1602, Roma)
Oil on canvas, 136 x 253 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This painting and its companion piece, The Hunting was executed by Carracci in his period in Bologna. At this time he was extremely interested in landscape, and his experiments are a foreshadowing of Poussin's classical compositions; but in these pictures he is exploring in a different direction, in the tradition of Bassani, whose studios continued to turn out landscapes which were prized all over Europe.