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  • Shepherd

    Artist:
    Thorvaldsen, Bertel. 1770-1844
    Dimensions:
    142 cm

Thorvaldsen, Bertel. 1770-1844

Shepherd

Denmark, After 1817

Like the majority of late 18th- and early 19th-century sculptors, Thorvaldsen found an endless source of inspiration in the art of Classical Antiquity. Despite the apparent genre nature of the subject, this statue in fact recalls some ancient god, notably in the ideal proportions of the figure and face as the boy sits in calm majesty on a rock. This is indeed intended to be a shepherd boy, judging by the staff and the dog at his feet, but a shepherd boy in Classical Antiquity - note the traditional Phrygian cap, from which locks of hair emerge in even, spiral curls. Classicizing elements are combined with vivid observation in the pose and the forms of the boy's body, and particularly in the very realistic treatment of the dog. With a skilful mastery of the treatment of the marble, the artist conveyed the boy's smooth skin, the soft fur of the lambskin covering the rock, and the coarse hair of the dog. The sculpture was extremely popular and Thorvaldsen repeated it in different materials.

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Shepherd

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142 cm

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Н.ск-508

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