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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Giuliano Giampiccoli
Italian, 1703–1759
After Marco Ricci
Italian, 1676–1730

Landscape with Peasants and Herds

Etching, about 1749
Gift of Mrs. W. H. Snyder, 1917.30

A mixed herd of sheep and cows move along an ascending path, winding up a hillside, escorted by shepherds carrying canes and a milkmaid astride a horse. The Italian landscape is illuminated by a bright mid-day sun. The light shimmers on the leaves of the trees and beats on the backs of the men and animals as they progress uphill. On the right, in the middle ground, a single story farmhouse with a thatched roof stands in front of a three- or four-story masonry building dominated by a square tower.Giuliano Giampiccoli was the nephew of Marco Ricci. He specialized in reproductions of his more famous—or infamous—uncle’s paintings. Marco Ricci specialized in landscapes that combined realism, which he discovered studying Dutch art, and Baroque theatricality. Ricci reputedly committed suicide while bizarrely costumed as a soldier.