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Title Pan
Collection Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Artist Attributed to after Murillo, Bartolomea-Esteban (Spanish painter and draftsman, 1618-1682)
Date Earliest possibly about 1650
Date Latest possibly about 1750
Description The mythological figure of Pan is commonly represented as a shepherd god and protector of shepherds, and is often seen with his pipes. His name means 'guardian of flocks', but he is generally depicted as half man, half goat.This copy posibly dates from the seventeenth century, as it appears to have been painted in a manner in accordance with recommendations made in popular painting treatises of the time.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:G547
Former Accession Number LAG 50-45
Subject mythology (Pan); figure
Measurements 54.8 x 45.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs J. Wear, 1950.
Notes The original work by Murrillo is also known as Laughing Boy and is recorded in the Witt as being in the Northbrook Collection. The work is larger than the copy in the Laing and extends to the waist of the figure. The boy's head is crowned with a laurel wreath and he looks cheekily out at the viewer, about to commence a tune on his short pipe. The work is loosely painted and the Laing version of the face is relatively faithful to the original. The address of Mrs J. Wear was 3 Brianwood Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Rights Owner Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel
 

 

 

 

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