KEIL, Bernhard
(b. 1624, Helsingör, d. 1687, Roma)

The Grape-Picker

Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm
Private collection

The subject of this painting, the grape-picker, recurs throughout the career of the artist, and he developed it in several variations, from a single figure to multi-figures compositions. The version displayed here presents a novelty: the grape-picker returning from the vineyard after a long day's work lifts his hat as if to greet the viewer as he passes by.