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The Adoration of the Shepherds

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Philippe de Champaigne, The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1640, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd, public domain, 66.83

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Title

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Artist

Philippe de Champaigne (French, 1602-1674)

Date

1640

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

42 1/2 in x 33 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: No date, no signature

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

French

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd

Accession Number

66.83

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

Christ-child

Nativity

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Laura and Roger Meier Family Gallery

Description

Trained in his native Belgium, Champaigne became a French citizen but he retained his connections with Flanders. Though much sought after as a portrait artist in French court circles, his career as a religious painter was equally important. The sincere spirituality of his images had a universal appeal, and he worked for several different factions of the Catholic church during his lifetime. The Adoration of the Shepherds demonstrates the intensity of his religious feelings. Light emanating from the infant Christ penetrates the surrounding darkness to illuminate the Virgin, Joseph, the shepherds, and even the airborne infant angels. A larger, earlier version of this composition is in the Wallace Collection, London.

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