Adoration of the Shepherds (Caravaggio)

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Italian: Adorazione dei pastori
Caravaggio - Adorazione dei pastori.jpg
Artist Caravaggio
Year 1609
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 314 cm × 211 cm (124 in × 83 in)
Location Museo Regionale, Messina

The Adoration of the Shepherds is a 1609 painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio. The painting depicts the nativity event told in the Bible New Testament book of Luke, Chapter 2. The shepherds have come to the stable in response to the news of the birth of the Chirst Child. Caravaggio's depiction of the adoration has been the subject of critical analysis over the four centuries since its creation.

The painting was restored for the 400th anniversary of the artists death.[1] It has the distinction of being Caravaggio's most highly paid for work; commissioned at Messina in 1609 for an incredible 1000 scudi.[2]

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  1. ^ Restoration project
  2. ^ Hibbard, Howard (1985). Caravaggio. Oxford: Westview Press. p. 245. ISBN 9780064301282.