A shepherdess stands between two cows who are grazing at the center of the image. In the foreground is the indication of a rough track leading towards the distance at left. At the right is a woman bending over beneath a tree.
A young man with long hair looks over his shoulder at the viewer through an illusionistically described stone octagonal aperture. A heavy satin cloth cascades from his right shoulder towards the viewer and through the opening. On the near side of this rusicated aperture are the palette, brushes, drawing folio and a book, indentifying the sitter as an artist, the identification further secured by the canvas on an easle seen behind the figure.
The foreground is trees which frame, in the distance, a church-like structure. On the right are two tree trunks with little foliage. The left side from the bottom and halfway up is darkened area. There are 3 distinguishable trees near the center of the image that are full of foliage. Just to the right of those trees is a tree just as big as the church-like structure.