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This is one of Titian’s earliest surviving works. It shows the Adoration of the Shepherds – the flying angel in the distance announces Christ’s birth to them. Saint Joseph presents the infant Christ to a young shepherd, who kneels in reverence.
Titian’s lack of training in drawing the figure is clear from the size of Saint Joseph’s head in relation to his torso. None of the figures are convincingly articulated, again suggesting that this is a very early work.
Oil on canvas
H 99.1 x W 139.1 cm
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831