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The Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1503

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
woodcut on laid paper
29.6 x 20.7 cm
Purchased 1922
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2058)

As angels hover about the Christ Child, shepherds step through the door of the stone stable to the right, one of whom carries bagpipes. As with other prints of the series, architectural perspective plays an important role in providing depth and structure to the scene. Dürer’s monogram is carved in raking perspective on a block of stone that has fallen from the stable wall.

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