The Adoration of the Shepherds

The Virgin lifts a white cloth to reveal the Christ Child to the kneeling shepherds who have come to adore him.

This painting derives from a design by Jacopo Bassano (died 1592), known in several versions (the best is probably one in the Galleria Nazionale, Rome). Jacopo's sons and their assistants produced many derivations of his compositions, such as this painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1535; died 1592
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
about 1600-25
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
65.4 x 91.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir John May, 1847
Inventory number
Location in Gallery