Giorgione, The Adoration of the Shepherds

Quiet and meditative, two kneeling shepherds set the painting’s tone—and allow the viewer to join them in worship.

Giorgione, The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1505/10, oil on panel, 90.8 x 110.5 cm (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Additional resources

This work at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Cite this page as: Dr. Heather Horton and Dr. Mark Trowbridge, "Giorgione, The Adoration of the Shepherds," in Smarthistory, December 9, 2015, accessed May 18, 2024,