Adoration of the Shepherds
In this luminous close-up of the shepherds’ adoration of Jesus, the viewer is particularly aware of a sense of innocence both in the newborn child and in the shepherds’ joyful, humble attitudes.
Detail of the group surrounding Jesus (oil on canvas), Reni, Guido (1575-1642) Museo Nazionale di San Martino, Naples, Italy / The Bridgeman Art Library
Luke 2 15:20
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.