A Girl with a Lamb

This sentimental and apparently moralistic scene of a girl tenderly holding a lamb, a symbol of gentleness and innocence, is belied by the girl's bared shoulder and parted lips.

This is an unfinished late work, and there is a pentimento (alteration to an area already painted) visible next to the girl's hand.

Key facts

Artist dates
1725 - 1805
Full title
A Girl with a Lamb
Date made
before 1775
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54.6 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mary Mohl, 1884
Inventory number
Location in Gallery