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The Adoration of the Shepherds

Bartolo di Fredi (Italian, active by 1353–died 1410 Siena)
Made in Siena, Italy
Tempera on poplar, gilding
Overall: 69 1/8 x 45 1/8 in. (175.6 x 114.6 cm)
Painted surface: 63 1/4 x 45 1/8 in. (160.7 x 114.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08
Once the central panel of an altarpiece, this painting simultaneously depicts the Adoration of the Christ Child and the Annunciation to the Shepherds, shown in the upper right. To create clear spatial relationships, the artist employed overlapping planes and daring, if naive, perspective—most evident in the projecting roof of the stable. The setting of the narrative combines the Byzantine tradition of representing the Adoration in a cave with the Western iconography of a stable. This panel may have been flanked by single panels depicting standing saints.
Probably from the Dominican convent of SS. Annunziata in San Gimignano; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
New York. The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Christmas Story in Mediaeval Art," December 25, 1940–January 12, 1941, no catalogue.

New York. Museum of Biblical Art. "The Adoration of the Magi by Barolo di Fredi: a masterpiece reconstructed," June 8, 2012–September 9, 2012.

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