The Nativity with the Infant Baptist and Shepherds

An angel appeared to the shepherds (right background) and they came to adore the Child Jesus (foreground). The Three Kings (centre background), guided by a star, are seen on their journey to Bethlehem to honour the new-born Jesus. The angels hold scrolls.

The picture was probably painted by a follower of Sodoma, perhaps from his design.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1477 - 1549
Full title
The Nativity with the Infant Baptist and Shepherds
Date made
probably about 1540-60
Medium and support
Oil on poplar
Dimensions
119.7 x 96.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Widow of Ernest Hartland, 1932
Inventory number
NG4647
Location in Gallery