(b. 1564, München, d. 1625, Augsburg)

Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on wood, 110 x 76 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

This dated painting was executed in 1608. By that year the artist had settled in Augsburg, after a lengthy stay in Venice. Following his return to his homeland, Rottenhammer's figural style remained strongly rooted in Venice, and recalls Venetian prototypes in both pose and expression. In the present picture the debt to Veronese reveals itself most strongly.