Adoration of the Shepherds (Lorenzo di Credi)
|Adoration of the Shepherds|
|Artist||Lorenzo di Credi|
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||224 cm × 196 cm (88 in × 77 in)|
|Location||Uffizi Gallery, Florence|
The painting, commissioned by the nuns of Santa Chiara in Florence, is mentioned by the contemporary painter Mariotto Albertinelli and by the art biographer Giorgio Vasari, as well as in Florence's art guides from the late 17th century.
There are several preparatory studies, now at the Albertina of Vienna, the Cabinet des Dessins of Paris (the figure of St. Joseph) and the Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe at the Uffizi (for the lamb held by a shepherd).
Under a ruined hut (a symbol of the declining pagan and Hebraic religions, is depicted the adoration of Jesus, who lies on a veil over a pile of straw; Jesus' features are similar to those used in some Verrocchio's works. On the left, in a semicircle, are a shepherd with a lamb (symbol of Christ's sacrifice) looking on the left (inspired by Perugino), two praying shepherds inspired by the Portinari Triptych and perhaps Domenico Ghirlandaio, the Virgin, two standing and one kneeling angel with red clothes, and a standing St. Joseph, also inspired by Perugino. The Virgin and the angels are instead similar to features used by Leonardo da Vinci in works such as the Virgin of the Rocks.