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Oil Painting - The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1949P7
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1630 - 1631

Maker Information

Artist:Master of the Annunciations to Shepherds - View biography for Master of the Annunciations to Shepherds
Attributed to (previously):Bartolomeo Passante - View biography for Bartolomeo Passante
Attributed to (previously):Diego Velazquez - View biography for Diego Velazquez


At this time artists began to give a realistic description of rural peasant life for the first time, in biblical subjects, as here where angel announce the birth of Christ. The realict scene means that shepherds clothing is shown as torn, their faces are sunburnt, and one shepherd is still asleep. This painting has been attributed to various artists but the true painter's name is still unknown, so he is known by the name of the subject he most often painted, the Master of the Annunciations to Shepherds.

Purchased, 1949.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.


Height:1275 mm
Width:1805 mm