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Adoration of the Shepherds
San Leocadio, Felipe Pablo de
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San Leocadio, Felipe Pablo de

Valencia, 1480, 1547

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Adoration of the Shepherds

Ca. 1539. Oil on panel. Not on display

The present Adoration of the shepherds has been identified with the main part of an altarpiece made for valencian silk maker Jacobo Perpinyà. That altarpiece is topped by a representation of the Incarnation and, according to the contract signed on july 28, 1539, it was supposed to be identical to another painted by silk maker Franci Sanchiz.

The Adoration of the shepherds combines paternal elements (the Virgin, the Christ Child, young Saint John and the angels) with others that reflect yFernando Yáñez and Fernando Llanos’s debt to Leonardo da Vinci -especially the male physiognomies. It is especially interesting in its treatment of light, combining moonlight from outside with the indoor light of the candle held by Saint Joseph and celestial radiance. The appearance of God the Father and the dove of the Holy Ghost add an unusual trinitarian dimension to this episode from the gospels, forming an uncommon iconography, although there is a valencian precedent in the work of young Joanes.

Technical data

Inventory number
San Leocadio, Felipe Pablo de
Adoration of the Shepherds
Ca. 1539
Height: 113.5 cm; Width: 89 cm
Geri Collection, Florence; Collection of Plácido Arango Arias; Bequest of Plácido Arango Arias, 2015.

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Plácido Arango Arias. Donación de 25 obras maestras de su colección de arte antiguo al Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. n. 1.

Falomir, M, 'Felipe Pablo de San Leocadio. Adoración de los Pastores' En:, Donación de Plácido Arango Arias al Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2016, pp. 20-21 n.1.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de actividades 2015, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2016, pp. 28-29.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2906.

Update date: 11-01-2022 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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