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Adoration of the Shepherds from Scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Adoration of the Shepherds from Scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary

Artist: Francisco de Campos, attributed (c. 1515–1580)
Culture: Portuguese
Date: 1560-1565
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions:
25 x 16 inches (63.5 x 40.6 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Paul Judson Payne
Label Text:This artist was a provincial painter working in Toledo in the late 1500s, which would have made him a contemporary of El Greco and the still life painter Juan Sánchez Cotán. This work illustrates the wide range of styles accepted in the transitional artistic period during the early reign of Philip III (1598-1621).

These oak panels once formed part of an elaborate altarpiece. In addition to these six panels, a traditional altar of the time would also have included a scene from Christ's Baptism and the Adoration of the Kings. The unpainted edges of the panels indicate that they were made in the artist's studio, and later inserted into the framework of the altarpiece from behind.
Provenance: Purchased 1930s perhaps through (Madison Art Gallery, NY) by Archbishop Francis J.L. Beckman [1875-1948]; purchased/gifted early 1940s Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; purchased May 1977 through public auction by James McLeod, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Paul Payne; gift 1979 to Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 1979.51.2