The Adoration of the Shepherds by Domenico Ghirlandaio

The Adoration of the Shepherds by Domenico Ghirlandaio

The work of Domenico Ghirlandaio, the master of the Early Italian Renaissance, was seriously influenced by the study of ancient art, as well as the art of the Dutch masters of the 15th century. and first of all Hugo van der Huss. The artist mainly worked in Florence, but in 1481 – 1482 he visited Rome, where he sang a fresco in the Sistine Chapel “Appeal of the Apostles Peter and Paul.”

In Florence, he, along with his brother, headed an extensive workshop, where he had many students, among whom was Michelangelo. The peak in the work of Ghirlandaio was the painting on the subject of the Franciscan

Order in the Sasseti Chapel in the Church of St. Trinity in Florence. In those same years, the painting “Adoration of the Shepherds” was performed, which, like other mature works of the master, is distinguished by calm narrative. Here in the visible images the story of the biblical events is presented, in which, however, the contemporaries of the artist are often participants.

Other famous works: “Grandfather and grandson.” Louvre, Paris; “Meeting Mary and Elizabeth.” 1485-1490. Louvre, Paris; “Scenes from the Life of Our Lady and John the Baptist.” 1486-1490. Chorus of the Church of the Site Maria Novella, Florence.

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