Oil/canvas, 53 x 41,5 cm, verso seal "Commissaire expert E. le Roy du Musée Royal" a. two collection seals, slightly. rest., relined. - We thank Dr. Pieter Biesboer for kindly confirming the authenticity. Dr. Biesboer dates the painting to 1655-1660. - Leading exponent of Dutch landscape painting, initially trained by his father, the still lilfe painter Pieter Claesz., a prolonged residence in Italy gave distinction to his motifs and his style, his depictions of shepherds in southern landscapes rank among the best of Dutch painting of the Golden Age. - In the collection of leading museums all over the world. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Biesboer a. others.