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Adoration of the shepherds
16th Century
Born 1549 Italy, Died 1592
Adoration of the shepherds
Oil on canvas
95 x 145 cm  [HxW]
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia

Bassano was a leading 16th century artist who trained in Venice but worked in Bassano and demonstrated his knowledge of Roman Mannerist exaggeration in his figures. The idealised depiction of the Virgin and child contrasts with the rugged detail of the shepherds. The drapery of the Christ child and the Virgin is luminous against the sombre earthy colours elsewhere. Majestic ruins allude to classical studies.

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