Adoration of the Shepherds

Italian, Lombardy, probably Milan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500

Enamel painters in fifteenth-century Lombardy applied opaque colors on top of broad areas of brilliantly colored translucent enamels that were fused to grounds of silver. Their work is highly decorative; unlike enameled gold or enameled cooper, however, enameled silver is inherently unstable and easily perishes, so that examples seldom survive in good condition.

Adoration of the Shepherds, Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; gilt-silver frame mounted with silver and partly enameled gold, and set with emeralds and pearls, Italian, Lombardy, probably Milan

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