This is an early painting in which the influence of Lombard artists (including those in the circle of Leonardo) is combined with that of Ferrarese 15th-century painters such as Ercole de' Roberti.

It is somewhat unusual for the adoring shepherds to be represented by only one prominent figure, but see also Titian's 'Holy Family and a Shepherd'.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1504 - about 1528/30
Full title
The Nativity
Date made
probably 1504-10
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
39.4 x 34.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3114
Location in Gallery