Berchem often used Italian landscapes as settings for idyllic scenes of peasant life. Here, the man plays a hurdy-gurdy while the woman is taking care of the child in her lap. Many of Berchem's paintings were based on drawings of the Roman Campagna that he made during his stay in Italy (about 1650-4).

Key facts

Artist dates
1620 - 1683
Full title
A Peasant playing a Hurdy-Gurdy to a Woman and Child in a Woody Landscape, with Oxen, Sheep and Goats
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on mahogany
34.5 x 38.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery