Nymph and Shepherd

around 1570/75, Artist: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian



Nymph and Shepherd

Opinion is divided on the painting’s subject, which has variously been interpreted as “Dionysus and Ariadne” and “Paris and Oenone”. More convincing is an interpretation that sees a connection with pastoral themes and poetry, with their references to the disappointed longing of the herdsman poet for the woman who remains beyond his reach. The shepherd’s inner turmoil finds expression in the restless sky. The open brushwork of Titian’s late style anticipates the insights of the Impressionists.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal IV

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian


around 1570/75


Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian (um 1488 Pieve di Cadore - 1576 Venedig) - GND




links eine 17 cm breite spätere vom Rahmen gedeckte Anstückung: Overall: 149,6 x 187 cm
Framed: 186,5 cm x 209 cm x 9 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1825


1636 Coll. Bartolomeo della Nave, Venice; 1638-1649 Coll. Hamilton; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

100 Meisterwerke - Nymphe und Schäfer - Tizian

IGS - Nymphe und Schäfer - Tizian

OESG - Nymphe und Schäfer - Tizian

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