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The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1579

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 194 x 244 mm
  • Inv. 2013-HW

Public Domain

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The print contains the text: Qui conceptus est de spiritu sancto, natus ex Maria virgine, the third article of faith: belief in the birth of Christ. Some shepherds kneel before the manger with the Christ child. Two angels beside the manger. In the background left the annunciation and in the background right the proclamation to the shepherds. The print has a Latin caption with a Bible quote referring to the Bible story depicted and a Latin caption about the Apostolic Creed. The third print in a 12-part series on the Creed.


Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title The Adoration of the Shepherds
Date 1579
Period 16th century
Location Cologne TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription in the representation, bottom left: M. d. Vos Inventor
inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: Johannes Safeler fecit et excu
inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Cum privilegio Regis.
inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Ecce Virgo..../ eius Emanuel. Esa. 7.
inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Qui conceptus [...] / Maria Vergine
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: quia natus [...] / civitate David. Luc.2
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2013-HW
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D21 Christ-child (with attributes) Iconclass
11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11G angels Iconclass
11G184 the Archangel Gabriel Iconclass
11H(JOSEPH) the foster-father of Christ, Joseph of Nazareth, husband of Mary; possible attributes: flowering rod or wand, lily, carpenter's tools Iconclass
46C13142 ass, donkey Iconclass
47I21111 ox Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
47I2133 lamb Iconclass
47I2271 stall, stable Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
48C1634 Corinthian order ~ architecture Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
11E1 Holy Ghost represented as a dove (in flames) Iconclass
73A52 the Annunciation: Mary, usually reading, is visited by the angel (sometimes a woman overhears the conversation) Iconclass
73B2 adoration of the Christ-child ~ Christ's birth Iconclass
73B25 adoration of the Christ-child by the shepherds; Mary and Joseph present Iconclass
73B25(+3) adoration of the Christ-child by the shepherds; Mary and Joseph present (+ angel(s)) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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