(b. ca. 1483, Carquebut, d. ca. 1551)

Adoration of the Shepherds

c. 1525
Wood, 94 x 116 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The setting of dreamlike architecture in this picture, clearly inspired by Roman antiquity, although it is difficult to tell whether it is under construction or in ruins, is given far more prominence than the religious subject-matter. Gourmont, a French painter, worked first in Paris then in Lyons, also executed engravings in which he often exploited his virtuoso study of perspective.