The Adoration of the Shepherds

The Christ Child has been laid in a manger and is surrounded by shepherds who have come to worship him. (Luke 2: 1-20).

This painting is damaged and has been largely repainted. It has in the past been described as Italian (?) School, 17th century, and attributed to José Sarabia (1608 - 1669) and Cavallino. In spite of its condition, the types and poses, and what remains of the original tonality of the picture, support the attribution to Spinelli. The provenance supports a Neapolitan origin for the picture.

Key facts

Artist dates
active from about 1630 - about 1660
Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
before 1660
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
153.3 x 134 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Woodford Pilkington, 1884
Inventory number
Location in Gallery