Old Masters Week featuring Renaissance - New York, January 2014


The Adoration of the Shepherds

Alongside Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, Jacopo Bassano is considered one of the greatest Venetian painters of the 16th century. Singled out by scholars for his particular sensitivity to nature, Jacopo’s expressive response to the world around him is nowhere better illustrated than in this remarkable Adoration of the Shepherds. Painted on a domestic scale, probably for an important private patron, it is unusual for being signed. The shepherds are joined by a demure young Mary and several animals who converge around the infant Christ in a scene of quiet reverence. The ensemble is a superb example of Bassano’s genius for the portrayal of profound sacramental subjects using a magnificent feeling of color, daring draughtsmanship and a completely authentic feeling for nature, transforming a humble subject into a deeply moving and monumental work of art.

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