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Champaigne’s depiction of 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' closely follows Saint Luke’s Gospel (II, 8ff.). The scene is set in a cave, which serves as a stable. The Christ Child, in swaddling clothes, provides the main source of light. The shepherds’ gift of a bound lamb foreshadows Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and the group of three cherubs may refer to the Trinity. The painting bears a strong stylistic affinity to Rubens’s works on the same theme and was probably commissioned in the mid-1640s for the Abbey of Notre Dame de Quincy, near Tanlay, in France.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

17th C

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 235.5 x W 161.5 cm

Accession number

P129

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1849; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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