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Title Adoration of the Shepherds
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Unknown
Previously attributed to Veronese, Paolo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1528-1588)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1650
Description The Adoration of the Shepherds has been a popular subject among artists throughout the centuries. Here it has been painted in a rather na´ve style but the scene still contains much of the familiar iconography. Shepherds and oxen crowd around Mary and Jesus, and through the doorway a host of angels is visible. One less usual character, however, kneels prominently to the left of the manger. Her rolled-up sleeves and the large flask of water beside her indicate that she is probably Salome, the midwife. Her apocryphal role in the nativity story was denounced by the Catholic Church in the mid sixteenth century.
Current Accession Number Plymm.060
Subject religion (Adoration of the Shepherds)
Measurements 75.7 x 106 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe

 

 

 

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