About this artwork
By preparing his paper with a dark-brown wash to which a white oil-based pigment was added, Gerrit van Battem achieved the strong and meaningful effect of light-dark contrast. In this Adoration scene Battem emphasized the wonder of the shepherds who come to greet the Christ child. Despite the scene’s nocturnal setting, so dark that the cow’s head in the background is barely visible, the divinity of the Christ child shines with an abundant brightness that causes the shepherds to raise their hands in amazement.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Gerrit van Battem
- The Adoration of the Shepherds
- Made 1655–1659
- White and gray opaque watercolor and black ink on cream laid paper prepared with brown wash
- Signed recto, lower right, in opaque white watercolor: "Battem"; lower left on mount, in graphite: "N 144"
- 195 × 228 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection