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Adriaen van de Velde, A Goat and a Kid

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Full title A Goat and a Kid
Artist Adriaen van de Velde
Artist dates 1636 - 1672
Date made 1655-72
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 42.5 × 50.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1891
Inventory number NG1348
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
A Goat and a Kid
Adriaen van de Velde

Painted with Adriaen van de Velde’s usual attention to the detail of texture, the animals in the picture seem almost tangible. The kid turns its head quickly, its eye and coat soft, its pose dainty and alive. The goat stands steady but alert, two long strands of dark hair lying over the pale, shaggy coat of its back. A tiny beard sprouts from beneath its chin and the horns and ears appear hard and leathery.

Van de Velde frequently reused drawings of animals made from life, and the goat and kid both appear in other works by the artist. It’s possible that the dark, brooding landscape background is by another artist, possibly Frederick de Moucheron. The background was certainly painted after the animals, as an unpainted outline around them is visible.

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