Title: Adoration of the Shepherds, 1530s
Artist: Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo (c. 1480-1548)
Night has fallen and the three shepherds have journeyed from the outlying fields to worship the Christ Child. Like Mary, their hands folded reverently in prayer, while Jospeh on our left, opens his palms and fingers in a gesture of praise. Although darkness surrounds them, a divine light emanates from the infant Jesus that illuminates his devoted worshippers in varying degrees. Notice too the brilliant, fiery glow of the angel, in the far right background, startling them initially with his message that a savior had been born.
Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo created during the Italian High Renaissance, a contemporary of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Born in Lombardy, he worked in cities in northern Italy and Venice.
In the public domain, courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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