Bartolo di Fredi / The Adoration of the Shepherds / 14th centuryBartolo di Fredi
The Adoration of the Shepherds
14th century

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Creator Name: Bartolo di Fredi
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian [Sienese], active 1353, died 1410
Creator Name-CRT: Bartolo di Fredi
Title: The Adoration of the Shepherds
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting-Panel
Materials and Techniques: Tempera on wood, gold ground, arched top
Dimensions: 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)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 25.120.288
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1925

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.

AMICA ID: MMA_.25.120.288
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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