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Adoration of the Shepherds
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Adoration of the Shepherds


Follower of Polidoro da Caravaggio (ca. 1499 - ca. 1543)

Width: 18.2 cm; Height: 24.1 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
The rich combination of red chalk, wash and white bodycolour endows this dramatically lit and highly finished drawing with a particularly vivid pictorial effect of light and dark, known as chiaroscuro. This technique was mastered by Polidoro da Caravaggio, a painter who had several gifted followers in Naples, such

as the anonymous draughtsman of this scene depicting the Christ Child adored by the Holy Family and the shepherds. The classical architecture situates the origins of Christianity in the ruins of the ancient world. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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