(b. 1714, Avignon, d. 1789, Paris)
Shepherd in the Alps-
Oil on canvas
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tours
The symbolism of Christ and Christians as shepherd and sheep is founded on the parables of Luke (15:3-7) and John (10:1-18). Its translation into visual terms is largely confined to early Christian art. It is rarely encountered in painting after the Middle Ages. The shepherd became element of pastoral scenes.