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A Piping Shepherd Boy

Photo credit: Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

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This painting probably refers to a scene from the Bible in which Jesus describes himself as the 'Good Shepherd' (John 10:11). The young shepherd here represents Christ, and the sheep represent his followers. The boy’s pose is copied from St Peter in Caravaggio’s 'Christ on the Mount of Olives', which was destroyed during a fire in Berlin in 1945. This work is attributed to Tommaso Salini, an Italian painter also known as ‘Mao’.

The Foundling Museum

London


Date

c.1620–1625

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 144.1 x W 195 cm

Accession number

FM78

Acquisition method

presented by William Agnew, 1891

Work type

Painting


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The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London WC1N 1AZ England

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