Andrea Mantegna 1431 – 1506

Adoration of the Shepherds

tempera on canvas (40 × 56 cm) — c. 1451-53 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Andrea Mantegna biography

This work is linked to Luke 2:16

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In this early work by Mantegna his style is already clearly developed. Bright colors, precise drawing and much attention to detail.

The shepherds with their worn clothes and rustic faces seem inspired by Flemish art.

Mantegna made this painting on a panel. It was later transferred to canvas.

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