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The Adoration of the Shepherds

A work made of white and gray opaque watercolor and black ink on cream laid paper prepared with brown wash.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of white and gray opaque watercolor and black ink on cream laid paper prepared with brown wash.

Date:

late 1650s

Artist:

Gerrit van Battem
Dutch, c. 1636-1684

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.

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Artist

Gerrit van Battem

Title

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Origin

Netherlands

Date

Made 1655–1659

Medium

White and gray opaque watercolor and black ink on cream laid paper prepared with brown wash

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, in opaque white watercolor: "Battem"; lower left on mount, in graphite: "N 144"

Dimensions

195 x 228 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.895

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