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Presentation to the Shepherds
Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: 17th century (?)
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 68,5 x 51,4
Inv. no.: PDdep0022

The testimony of the Nativity is one of the most recurrent episodes in Christian iconography.

According to the Gospel of Luke, the shepherds were the first to receive the announcement of the birth of the Messiah. While they were tending their flocks, an angel appeared and said to them:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)

This painting depicts the moment when the Child, the Saviour of Mankind, is presented by his parents Mary and Joseph, to the shepherds. These behold and worship him with affection. One may also see a sheep – following its shepherd – and, in the background, a woman holds a basket of eggs – symbolizing life, birth and rebirth.

Objeto museológico (PDB)