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A Girl with a Lamb
Jean-Baptiste Greuze

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 Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Artist dates 1725 - 1805
Full title A Girl with a Lamb
Date made before 1775
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 54.6 x 44.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mary Mohl, 1884
Inventory number NG1154
Location in Gallery Not on display
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