The view has not been identified, but it is likely to have been inspired by the countryside around Het Steen. It is traditionally thought to depict a sunset. Rubens was fascinated by natural effects, and details like the reflections and cloud formations suggest direct observation.

Key facts

Artist dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
A Landscape with a Shepherd and his Flock
Date made
about 1638
Medium and support
Oil on oak
49.4 x 83.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1839
Inventory number
Location in Gallery