The cattle and herdsman walk on a dusty lane on a hill, with a house and another figure in the middle ground. The background shows the valley and the whole is lit with a warm Italianate sunlight. This work possibly dates from the second half of the 17th century, as this was the time when Berchem started to develop his Italianate scenes and cut himself loose from his nation’s landscape. The figures and cattle create a sense of liveliness and show the inventive qualities of the painter. The sharp light, casting clear shadows. And the flowing contours are some of the typical characteristics of this painter.