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Galerie Nathalie Motte Masselink

Adoration of the Shepherds

8 15/16 x 7 3/4 in, 227 x 197 mm


This very caravagesque drawing, with strong white highlights and darker areas in the foreground, relates, with numerous differences, to three early pictures of the Adoration of the Shepherds painted by Jordaens 

around 1618 and now in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, the National Museum in Stockholm, and in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. All these versions show the same composition, also very caravagesque, centred on the Mother and Child surrounded by five figures, all of which are cut on the sides. The closest painting to the present sheet is the one in Braunschweig with the shepherd on the left leaning on a shiny jug and the one on the right on his stick.