Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Et in Arcadia Ego

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

Shepherds are seen before a tomb deciphering the inscription with an air of melancholy curiosity. The skull is no longer significant or is omitted. The words seem to imply an epitaph on the person, perhaps a shepherdess, who lies entombed: 'I too once lived in Arcady', an alteration to the meaning that somewhat stretches the grammar of the original Latin.In this version all sense of surprise has been removed, and instead, the shepherds are arranged in attitudes of contemplation round the tomb in the countryside. The artist has lost all interest in story-telling, and has concentrated on a totally static scene. No pleasure is taken in surface texture, and the whole is hard and cold, with the figures in statuesque poses.

Keywords

Paris, France, Style: French Baroque, School: Baroque, Movement: Baroque, French, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: French Baroque; School: Baroque; Movement: Baroque; French; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Paris, France

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-MFF0085

Et in Arcadia Ego

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