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The adoration of the Shepherds

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Descripción

That work, conceivably commissioned by Don Pedro Laso de la Vega for Saint John of Ribera, Patriarch of Antioch and Archbishop of Valencia, was painted before 1605, when it was copied in an engraving by Diego de Astor. The composition of the MMA picture is almost identical—the major change is the placement of the ox in front of rather than behind the Christ Child—but its effect is quite different. This is partly due to the increased emphasis on the enveloping darkness of the nocturnal setting, with the figures defined by the flickering radiance emanating from the Christ Child, and to the use of a staccato-like brushwork that serves to dematerialize the forms still further. The painting served as a sort of prelude to the great Adoration of the Shepherds El Greco planned for his own tomb (Museo del Prado, Madrid). With reason, Wethey called the MMA canvas

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164x107

Inscriptions

  • Inscribed (on scrolls): GLOR[IA] INEXC[ELSIS D]EO / HOMI[NIBVS] / LAVDAMVSTE BENEDICIMV[STE] (Glory to God in the highest. . . . We praise thee, we bless thee [from the Greater Doxology].)

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  • The adoration of the Shepherds

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