The Shepherdess With Seashell by Paulus Moreelse
The Shepherdess With Seashell by Paulus Moreelse

The Shepherdess With Seashell

The Shepherdess With Seashell by Dutch Painter Paulus Moreelse (1571 – 1638); a portraitist and architect.

This is a portrait of a beautiful young blonde Shepherdess in a flamboyant outfit comprising an orange straw woven hat with an inner blue silk lining, that has a large green fern like leaf protruding from the front top of the hat toward the back.

Also on the front of the are three small wheat plants, a large pink rose attached to its stem with a budding rose on it and a white rose on the folded rim of the hat keeping everything in place.

On her head underneath the hat is a tan silk scarf with red and green line patterns, with tassel edges on the lower part that hangs off her shoulders and gold triangular lace that goes around the edge of the upper portion.

She is also wearing a low cut white blouse with embroidered edges that reveals her breast; which at the sleeves transitions to a blue valor material; and on top of the blouse she is wearing a front tied maroon corset.

As she stands looking at the viewer she holds a long wooden staff with a metal tip in her left arm, resting it against her shoulder; while in her upward bent right arm in her hand she holds a large seashell.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Paulus Moreelse was a well known portrait painter who was born and lived most of his life in Ultrecht, Netherlands, receiving commissions across the Dutch Republic for his portraits as well as for creating historical paintings in the Mannerist style, and pastoral scenes of herds, shepherds and shepherdesses; which made him one of the few Dutch painters to paint such scenes.

He was also an archictect (building Utrecht’s Catharijnepoort in 1626; that was demolished 224 years later), and possibly of the Vleeshuis on Voorstraat; a teacher and an important member of the town council, also one of the founders of the St. Lucasgilde (painters guild) in 1611.

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