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e Artist : painter
The Holy Night (Adoration of Shepherds) (detail).
Nativity (Holy Night).
b 256.5 x 188 cm.
c Oil on canvas.
Design Date: 1522 Octorber.
Beginning Date: 1522
Completion Date: 1530.
The light appears simultaneously to bathe and to emerge from the Child, who is lying on a rough pallet, only to soften on the face of the Virgin, tenderly rapt in a maternal embrace. They are surrounded by the fluid gestures of the shepherds and of St Joseph, who is holding back the donkey, and by the kicking legs of the angels transported by the cloud that spreads hazily through the picture.The painting is not lacking in color and the chiaroscuro spreads over and softens every form. It is a picture that points the way toward the future Lombard investigation of luministic effects, and was used as a model by such painters as Procaccini, Reni, and Domenichino, and even later on, by Barocci and Maratta.
Style: Italian Mannerist.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Alte Meister (Old Masters). ID=GDAM
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Close detail; adoring shepherds.