Image: Manchester Art Gallery.

This is a work is a copy of a painting by Pietro Vannucci (known as ‘Perugino’, 1446-1523). The fresco copied was originally in the portico of the church of Saint Francis di Monteripido, Perugia (a city in central Italy, 80 miles/130 km north of Rome), painted c. 1504. The portico was demolished in 1863, but the fresco was preserved and is now housed in the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, where it is called Adorazione dei Pastori (Adoration of the Shepherds).


Image: Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria.

  • Media: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 906 x 597 mm (0.54 m²); the painted area, excluding the dark surround, is 0.43 m². (Perugino’s original is 3560 x 2460 mm, four times Annie’s dimensions, the painted area within the semicircle covering 7.1 m²].)
  • History: Also known as “The Adoration of the Shepherds“; bequeathed by Annie to Manchester Art Gallery, 1934.
  • Location: Manchester Art Gallery.

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