• 261900_0

Late 17th Century Oil on Panel Genre Scene

$2,250.00


Waltzing Matilda in European idiom! This genre painting is oil on oak panel, and is late 17th century, probably northern Italian. It shows three men and woman in residence in a hollow tree trunk. The woman holds a goat captive, probably having just taken it out of the fabric sack which is ominously stained with blood. The knife in the hand of her companion does not suggest a long future for the unhappy animal. I suspect the two better dressed men on the right, one holding a staff (of office?)  and another an axe (a woodsman or gamekeeper?) have just discovered the miscreants who have kidnapped their goat. Perhaps the goat will have a reprieve, and live a long, happy and fulfilling life?

The panel is 22.5 cm by 30 cm. The frame is dark wood with a russet velvet infill, and a gilt fillet, and is 41 cm by 34 cm.

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