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The Shepherd Finds the Infant Chariclea, from The Story of Theagenes and Chariclea series
The Shepherd Finds the Infant Chariclea, from The Story of Theagenes and Chariclea series
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Date:
ca. 1634–1635
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Wool, Silk; Tapestry Weave
Dimensions:
414 x 340.4 cm (163 x 134 in.)
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Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1929.9.1
Acquisition Date:
1929-12-29
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Gift of Henry K.S. Williams

Exhibition History:

Crystal Springs School for Girls, Hillsborough, California, 1973
Five Centuries of Tapestry, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1976
Simon Vouet, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1990-91

Highborn infants, abandoned at birth and raised in rustic simplicity, are a common feature of the pastoral romance. The small scene in the left background shows Chariclea’s cradle discovered by the shepherd at the water’s edge. In the central scene, the shepherd’s wife lifts her hand in elegant surprise at the sight of the infant. These country people have a modish air about them and the forest is delicately contrived. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 229.