“The Adoration of the Shepherds,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting

“The Adoration of the Shepherds,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting
“The Adoration of the Shepherds,” Jacopo Bassano, overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Jacopo Bassano
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1553-1554

Overview of the painting :

The worship of the shepherds is Jacopo Bassano. 1553-1554. Oil on canvas. 76×94

   The works of Jacopo Bassano, whose painting belongs to the Venetian school, are colorful, multi-figure and filled with movement. They contain features of manierism and a marked fanatic trend, although also light. The master loved dense compositions with characters depicted in complex poses that look natural in his paintings.

   So, the Mother of God in this “Flair of the Shepherds” stands in half to the audience, and this angle allowed the artist to convey Her subtle and gentle profile, trepidation and grace. At the same time, from the figures of Mary and Joseph behind her, a complex movement begins in the picture, which goes from Our Lady to the Baby, then to the shepherd, turned sideways to the front plane of the canvas, and returns, describing the G8, to the beginning. Despite the fact that only a few shepherds are depicted, it seems that there are many who come to bow to the Baby. There is literally no free space on the canvas: Bassano placed sheep, a dog watching the herd here, and now curled up in the corner, present at the birth of Jesus’ ox and donkey. This work evokes the words of the 150th psalm of David in memory: “Let all breathing praise the Lord!”

   The elevated internal state of the shepherds echos the subtle, lyrical mood that the images of Our Lady and Baby create, as well as the evening landscape in the distance.