Artist: L'Ortolano (Giovanni Battista Benvenuti) (Italian, Ferrarese, active by 1512–died after 1527)
Medium: Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 28 3/4 in. (49.2 x 73 cm)
Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number: 30.95.296
A larger variant of the present composition, in which the shepherds are substituted by figures of Saints Francis and Mary Magdalen, is in the Doria Pamphili Gallery in Rome. Like the altarpiece, which is dated 1527, the present painting is a late work. The landscape is influenced by L'Ortolano's contemporary, Dosso Dossi.