Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE B: ITALIAN ART: Sassetti Chapel Altarpiece; Adoration of the Shepherds

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE B: ITALIAN ART
Preferred Title: 
Sassetti Chapel Altarpiece; Adoration of the Shepherds
Alternate Title: 
Natività di Gesù, Adorazione dei pastori, Arrivo dei Re Magi a Betlemme
Image View: 
Detail, the Holy Family and shepherds; the manger is a Classical sarcophagus
Creator: 
Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian painter, 1449-1494)
Location: 
repository: Santa Trinita (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note: 
Via Tornabuoni; Sassetti Chapel
GPS: 
+43.770153+11.250719
Date: 
1483-1485 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Italian
Style Period: 
Fifteenth century; Renaissance
Work Type 1: 
altarpiece
Work Type 2: 
panel painting
Classification: 
Paintings
Material: 
oil paint on panel
Technique: 
oil painting (technique)
Measurements: 
167 cm (height) x 167 cm (width)
Subjects: 
New Testament; Jesus Christ; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; Nativity; Holy Family; Magi
Description: 
In addition to frescoing the walls of the Sassetti Chapel in Santa Trìnita, he was commissioned to execute the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Shepherds, with its prominent Classical sarcophagus and triumphal arch. Its iconography was probably devised by the humanist Bartolomeo della Fonte (1445-1513). The Adoration is entirely autograph and shows Domenico’s characteristic skill in synthesizing many sources of inspiration, including Classical sculpture, the monumental frescoes of the Sistine Chapel and Flemish painting: the figures of the shepherds reflect the influence of Hugo van der Goes’s Portinari Altarpiece which had arrived in Florence in 1483. (Source: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/)
Collection: 
Adjunct Module B: Italian Art
Identifier: 
7A1-GHI-SC-AS-A03
Rights: 
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