Adoration of the Shepherds

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Adoration of the Shepherds


Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, 1634 - 1693)




about 1660


Oil on canvas


110.5 x 96.5 cm (43 1/2 x 38 in.)

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In this painting, Nicolaes Maes almost exactly copied Albrecht Dürer's 1504 engraving of the Nativity. Maes simply widened the house to the left, provided new poses for the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, and added the four shepherds that give the painting its new subject. The harmony of blacks, browns, and whites that he chose emphasizes the painting's origin in a print. He successfully used the fluid medium of oil paint to render such textures as the stable's wooden door, the exposed bricks, and the thatched roof.

- 1830

Possibly R. Westall, Esq. R.A. [sold, Westall sale, Phillips, London, May 14, 1830, lot 76, to John Rushout.]

1830 - 1859

Possibly John Rushout, second baron Northwick, 1769 - 1859 (Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) [sold, Northwick sale, Phillips, Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, July 26, 1859, lot 1866, to P. Moreau.]

1859 -

Possibly P. Moreau (Paris, France)

Dr. Paul Viktorovich Delaroff, 1852 - 1913 (St. Petersburg, Russia; Pavlovsk, Russia)

about 1913 - still in 1920

Charles E. Borut [unsold, Christie's, London, July 5, 1920, lot 83.]

- 1970

H. Shickman Gallery (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.