Saturday in the Museum with Aelbert

Image: Aelbert Cuyp, Young Herdsmen with Cows (ca. 1655–60).

Our weekly art post this week continues with the theme for this year of where food comes from. Today’s comes from the Met.

The painting, Young Herdsmen with Cows, is from the Dutch Golden Age painter Aelbert Cuyp. The museum describes it:

“Sun-streaked clouds scudding across the sky dominate this placid landscape, a classic example of the luminous style that made Cuyp a beloved artist among eighteenth- and nineteenth-century collectors. Based on studies made in nature, the painting is nonetheless a studio confection. Resting livestock and agrarian laborers appear as timeless parts of the landscape in a reassuring vision for the landowning collectors able to display such a monumental scene.”

It is a good reminder that if you have cattle in the high pastures, it is time to start bringing them down. Apply this metaphor as appropriate.


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