(b. 1541, Candia, d. 1614, Toledo)

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on canvas, 114 x 105 cm
Private collection

In the eighteenth century this painting was attributed to Giovanni Lanfranco, and later to a member of the Bassano family. Since 1951 the authorship of El Greco is universally accepted. However, this picture owes a great deal to the nocturnal paintings of the Bassano.

According to the X-radiograph the upper part of the canvas was completely repainted, and the canvas has been cropped at the top.