The Holy Family with a Shepherd

Although only one shepherd is shown in adoration, the subject of this painting is probably a variation on the Adoration of the Shepherds. An ox and ass are seen on the left and the Annunciation to the Shepherds is visible in the right background.

This early work shows the influence of Giovanni Bellini and probably also of Giorgione.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1506; died 1576
Full title
The Holy Family with a Shepherd
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
99.1 x 139.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
Location in Gallery