Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Artist:
Bartolo di Fredi (Italian, active by 1353–died 1410 Siena)
Date:
1374
Geography:
Made in Siena, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Tempera on poplar, gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 69 1/8 x 45 1/8 in. (175.6 x 114.6 cm) Painted surface: 63 1/4 x 45 1/8 in. (160.7 x 114.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings-Panels
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
25.120.288
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
Once the central panel of an altarpiece, this painting simultaneously depicts the Adoration of the Christ Child and the Annunciation to the Shepherds, shown in the upper right. To create clear spatial relationships, the artist employed overlapping planes and daring, if naive, perspective—most evident in the projecting roof of the stable. The setting of the narrative combines the Byzantine tradition of representing the Adoration in a cave with the Western iconography of a stable. This panel may have been flanked by single panels depicting standing saints.
Probably from the Dominican convent of SS. Annunziata in San Gimignano; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
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