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The Adoration of the Shepherds

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

c. 1520

Artist:

Master HFE
Italian, early 16th century

About this artwork

Still unidentified by name, the 16th-century artist known as Master H. E. signed his curiously themed prints with an H. E. monogram. The Master H. E.’s Adoration of the Shepherds is an unusually windblown and eerie envisioning of the scene, set in an architectural framework more reminiscent of a ruined temple than a stable. The awestruck shepherds, the restless farm animals, and the harsh sun work together to suggest that the prints’ viewers as well are witnessing a momentous historical event, one tinged here with a hint of the supernatural.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master H.E.

Title

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1515–1525

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

307 × 228 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1028

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