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The Adoration of the Shepherds, from a Mirror of Holiness (Mir’at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier

The Adoration of the Shepherds, from a Mirror of Holiness (Mir’at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier

1602–4
Sheet: 26.2 x 15.6 cm (10 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.); Image: 20 x 11.2 cm (7 7/8 x 4 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Description

Without reading the text, it would be difficult to identify the adorers in Portuguese dress. They are the shepherds who have come to worship the newborn Christ child, held out for viewing by Mary, depicted in relatively large scale. Mary and Jesus stand in a fenced enclosure, evocative of a sacred space within a rather sumptuous setting with pseudo-Renaissance Ionic columns and heavy red draperies. The finishing details on this painting, such as two of the shepherds’ feet, the tile patterning, and probably arabesques, have notbeen completed. The two books are often included in Mughal representations of Christians, indicatingthat they, like Muslims, are also people of the book.
  • Before 1930s-2005
    An Indian family in Great Britain, whose grandfather brought the manuscript to England in the 1930s or 1940s through 2005
    2005
    (Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., London, UK, 2005, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    2005-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, 2005-present
  • Prince Salim's Life of Christ (Manuscript Rotation) - Gallery 115. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (December 2, 2019-July 1, 2020).
    Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (January 5-April 27, 2015)
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2005.145.30.a