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The Shepherd's Prayer
ArtistJozef Israëls (Dutch, 1824–1911)
Dimensions35 3/8 × 49 1/4 in. (89.9 × 125.1 cm)
MediumOil on Canvas
Credit Line1914.116; Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey
The Shepherd’s Prayer has been in the Museum’s collection for more than 100 years. Over that time, the layer of varnish that protects the painting from dirt has degraded, casting a yellowish tint over the image. This varnish is a natural resin, which deteriorates over time with exposure to the environment and needs to be replaced with a synthetic varnish that will not yellow over time.