The Adoration of the Shepherds

Bartolo di Fredi Italian

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08

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.

The Adoration of the Shepherds, Bartolo di Fredi (Italian, active by 1353–died 1410 Siena), Tempera on poplar, gilding, Italian

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