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Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Milkmaids with cattle in a landscape, 'The Farm at Laken' c.1617-18

Oil on panel | 85.9 x 125.9 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405333

This beautiful landscape acquired its title because the church in the background resembles one formerly at Laken near Brussels. It is more of an ideal composed group than a working farm, conveying the bounty and harmony of Nature: vegetables and fruit flow freely, the cows appear well fed, and all co-exist together happily under the watchful eye of the doves, symbols of Peace.