CIMA da Conegliano
(b. ca. 1459, Conegliano, d. 1517/18, Conegliano)
Adoration of the Shepherds1509-10
Panel, 300 x 185 cm
Chiesa dei Carmini, Venice
In addition to the adoring shepherds, St Catherine, St Helen, as well as Tobit and the Archangel Raphael are represented in the scene.
Background scene: shepherd and shepherd boy were in the countryside with their dog and their flock. The shepherd was leaning on a tree playing his pipes while the boy dozed at his feet. When their peace was disturbed and their attention caught, they followed the path to the great event, between the manger and the cross (foreground scene).