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Luca Signorelli: '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.


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