Bartolo di Fredi
The Adoration of the Shepherds

1374
Tempera on wood, gold ground, arched top. Overall: 69⅛ x 45⅛ in. (175.6 x 114.6 cm.). Painted surface: 63¼ x 45⅛ in. (160.7 x 114.6 cm.)
The Cloisters, New York City, 25.120.288

The manger is placed in a combination of a Byzantine cave and a Latin stable. In the arc above the cave/stable angels announce the birth to the shepherds, who in the lower part of the image have come to adore the Child.

In an early example of the influence of St. Bridget of Sweden's influence on Nativity iconography, St. Joseph and the Virgin kneel in prayer before the Child, and the midwives have disappeared.

More of the Nativity

Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art