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Plaque with the Bad Shepherd
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Plaque with the Bad Shepherd

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Description An elderly shepherd glances apprehensively over his shoulder as two ragged and hungry wolves slink at his heels, while a third howls in the bushes behind. The inscription on the tablet describes how the old man, unable to protect all of his sheep, threatens to abandon them all. The work represents the early style of the artist, in which the composition was painted in grisaille and then covered with colored translucent enamels.
Date Description Narrative
10/08/1987Treatmentcleaned; coated; examined for condition
  • Russian Enamels. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
Provenance Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, February 15, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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1537 (Renaissance)
painted enamel on copper
Accession Number
5 1/8 in. (13.02 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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