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Giovanni Cariani (c. 1485-1547)

The Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1515-17

RCIN 402846

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Cariani’s early work shows the influence of Giovanni Bellini and the poetic subject matter of Giorgione. In this eccentric composition the tightly knit group of figures crowd together in front of a distant view of a lake and hills. To the right two more shepherds receive the news of Christ’s birth.