The Adoration of the Shepherds

Girolamo da Carpi (Girolamo Sellari) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 611

An angel, not the moon, illuminates the nighttime sky of this enchanting depiction of shepherds arriving to worship the sleeping Christ Child—shown remarkably robust and statue-like. Girolamo, who worked for the court at Ferrara, had visited Rome, where he studied the work of Raphael and drew from ancient sculpture. This experience shaped his ideas about ennobling poses and gestures—though without losing an ingratiating charm, evident here in the exchanged expressions of the shepherds and the rocky landscape with its buildings and waterfall.

The Adoration of the Shepherds, Girolamo da Carpi (Girolamo Sellari) (Italian, Ferrara 1501–1556 Ferrara), Oil on wood

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