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The adoration of the shepherds

Diego de Astor (Spanish, active early 17th century)
After El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1540/41–1614 Toledo)
sheet: 18 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. (47 x 34.6 cm)
Credit Line:
A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, 1978
Accession Number:
Not on view
The print is closely related to El Greco's painting of the Adoration of the Shepherds in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (05.42). Another earlier version exists in Valencia (Colegio del Patriarca). See discussion by Walter Liedtk in the entry for 05.42.
Inscription: Lettered on plate lower centre: 'D. De astor Sculps Toleti An 1605' followed by two lines of Latin along bottom margin. Between the blocks of engraved text '4 RS', meaning 4 reales (an early price for the print). Other engraved text on the banderoles held by putti upper centre and in Greek on the cloth beneath the Christ Child.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," February 26, 1996–May 5, 1996.

Colta Ives, Janet S. Byrne, Mary L. Myers, Weston J. Naef, Suzanne Boorsch, David W. Kiehl Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 1975-1979: Prints and Drawings for Architecture and Ornament. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1979, pp. 58-9, ill.

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