The Adoration of the Shepherds

In the background, an angel announces Christ’s birth to the shepherds. In the foreground, the same shepherds join the Virgin in worshipping the new-born Child. The ox and ass are stabled behind the manger.

This painting originally formed the left-hand side of a diptych, bound in purple velvet with The Dead Christ at the right.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1479; died 1496
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
about 1490
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
17.8 x 13.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1894
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Este Diptych

Ercole de' Roberti
about 1490