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Adoration of the shepherds (recto)
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Adoration of the shepherds (recto)

Salvatore (Il Salvatoriello) Olivieri (1696[?]-1718[?])

Pen and ink (brown), chalk (black) on paper

Height: 28.4 cm; Width: 18.5 cm (slightly irregular);

Signed & pen and ink, lower right & recto, Olivieri

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Olivieri is recorded among the more than thirty artists who worked in the studio of Luca Giordano (1634 – 1705), the leading painter of seventeenth-century Naples. This sheet carries an old, possibly contemporary attribution to Olivieri, whose work is little known.

The shepherds are shown here arriving hurriedly at Bethlehem and offering a lamb to the new-born Christ – a detail not mentioned in the Bible, but often included in paintings of this scene. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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