The young Saint John the Baptist is included at the left and the Annunciation to the shepherds can be seen in the centre background. The journey of the Magi is depicted in the right background.

This is one of three similar pictures of the same subject which appear to be by the same hand (the other two are in the United States, one in the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City). It was formerly attributed to Savoldo.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1525 - 50
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
probably 1525-30
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
109.2 x 160.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir William H. Gregory, 1892
Inventory number
NG1377
Location in Gallery