The Adoration of the Shepherds

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
Artist dates
about 1440/50 - 1523
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
about 1496
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
215 x 170.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1133
Location in Gallery