Painted in 1496 for the church of San Francesco in Città di Castello. Joseph is seated to the right while the shepherds kneel or prepare to kneel to the left; in the distance the angel is seen announcing Christ's birth. Within the portico is a scene representing the decree of taxation by the Emperor Augustus which had prompted Joseph and Mary to journey to Bethlehem.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1440/50 - 1523
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
about 1496
Medium and support
Oil on wood
215 x 170.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
Location in Gallery