This beautiful oval in Carrara marble represents a shepherd at rest with one of his goats, lying down in the shade of a tree. The sculptor here takes up the ancient theme of the pastoral. This idealized representation of life and peasant effort echoes in the eighteenth century to a certain nostalgia for nature and for a mythical past where man lived in harmony with it. By endeavoring to portray his shepherd in a contemporary costume ( and not an Antique one), the artist confers to his relief a concrete, incarnated and popular character, similar to the one instill in Italy in the seventeenth century by the "Bamboccianti". These painters from the Netherlands settled in Rome and specialized in the production of small paintings, drawings or small moldings on the subject of rural and urban scenes representing the daily life of the people. These "bombochades" durably influenced the Venetian artistic productions of the eighteenth century as evidenced by Italian Veduto or by our rare bas-relief, which takes up there spirit and format.