A Landscape with Shepherds Resting Under a Tree by a Cascade (recto); Sketch of a Landscape (verso) (Verso)

Francesco Zuccarelli

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A large tree on the right leads the viewer's eye into this idyllic Italian landscape. The pastoral scenery is divided in half by the swiftly flowing river, which branches from a waterfall behind the grand tree. Along the banks of the river, a shepherd and two shepherdesses rest peacefully with their cattle and sheep under the shade of the tree, while several fishermen relax in the sunshine. Classical ruins flank the modern building along the distant rolling hills.

Foreign tourists traveling through Italy in the 1700s delighted in Zuccarelli's tranquil scenes, purchasing landscapes such as this to remind them of their beautiful tours. This particular sheet once belonged to the French engraver Pierre-François Basan, who admired it so much that he engraved and published it.


  • Title: A Landscape with Shepherds Resting Under a Tree by a Cascade (recto); Sketch of a Landscape (verso) (Verso)
  • Creator: Francesco Zuccarelli
  • Date Created: mid-1700s
  • Physical Dimensions: 47.8 × 63 cm (18 13/16 × 24 13/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown and gray wash heightened with white gouache (recto); black chalk (verso)
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2000.61
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Francesco Zuccarelli (Italian, 1702 - 1778)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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