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Adoration of the Shepherds

A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and black ink, with black and red ink washes, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and black ink, with black and red ink washes, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1750

Artist:

Francesco Fontebasso
Italian, 1707–1769

About this artwork

Here Francesco Fontebasso depicted the biblical story of the birth of Christ, pairing three astonished shepherds, who surround the Virgin and Child at center, with four angelic putti hovering above the humble manger. Joseph kneels in the right foreground.

An independent work, not related to a painting, the drawing is densely layered. Different colors of ink and wash delineate the figures’ garments and the manger’s rough walls and capture the effects of celestial light.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francesco Fontebasso

Title

Adoration of the Shepherds

Origin

Italy

Date

1750

Medium

Pen and brown ink and brush and black ink, with black and red ink washes, over black chalk, on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

464 × 335 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.847

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