Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts

The Adoration of the Shepherds

And she [Mary] brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Rothschild prayerbook
The Nativity. The Rothschild Hours 1500-1520.  National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia. The Stokes Collection.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid; and the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all peopleFor unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men“.

The Mystical Nativity (1500). Sandro Botticelli (1445-1505).  National Gallery, London.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us”.

Adoration of the Shepherds (1485). Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494).  Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. When they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. All they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

St Luke 2: 7-20.

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The Portinari Altarpiece (1476/8). Hugo van der Goes ((1440-1482). Uffizzi Gallery, Florence, Italy.  (Central panel).



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