Pietro Testa

The Adoration of the Shepherds

About this artwork

In this painting from Testa’s early maturity (about 1638-40), a group of eager shepherds presses forward to admire the new-born baby Jesus, having been summoned by the angel who appears in the sky in the background. Best known now for his drawings and prints, Testa became increasingly frustrated at his lack of success as a painter of grand historical subjects and eventually took his own life. The angular treatment of the figures and draperies is typical of Testa’s style.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Pietro TestaItalian (1612 - 1650)
  • title:
    The Adoration of the Shepherds
  • date created:
    About 1637
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    88.30 x 125.50 cm (framed: 121.00 x 159.50 x 11.40 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 1973
  • accession number:
    NG 2325
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Pietro Testa

Pietro Testa