DALEM, Cornelis van
(b. ca. 1530, Antwerpen, d. 1573, Breda)

Landscape with Shepherds

Wood, 47 x 68 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

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.

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