Adoration of the Shepherds

Accession Number

Adoration of the Shepherds

Nicolaus van Aelst

Object Creation Date
circa 1604-1606

Medium & Support
engraving and etching on off-white medium laid paper

11 1/2 in x 14 in (29.21 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Subject matter
Adoration of the Shepherds: Virgin and Child in foreground at center right of composition with angels, Joseph and a donkey; shepherds are arranged on the left.

Physical Description
This black and white print depicts a scene with groups of figures separated compositionally by a large wooden post that is placed in the foreground of the composition, just left of center. Four male figures on the left look toward the scene on the right where a woman kneels in prayer before a child accompanied by two angels and a haloed man feeding hay to a donkey.

Primary Object Classification

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Jesus Christ
prayers (documents)

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