The Adoration of the Shepherds

In the right background is the Annunciation to the Shepherds.

The painting was in the past attributed to Velázquez and to Zurbarán, and it has also been thought to be the work of various Neapolitan painters of the early 17th century. It is first recorded in Seville in the 1770s and may be the work of a Sevillian painter influenced by the realism of Velázquez in the treatment of the figures, and by Zurbarán in the organisation of the composition. The picture has also been attributed to the youthful Murillo.

Key facts

Full title
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date made
probably 1630s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
228 x 164.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1853
Inventory number
Location in Gallery