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Title The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Colonia, Adam (Dutch painter, 1634-1685)
Date Earliest about 1660
Date Latest about 1685
Description Colonia spent the early part of his career in his native Rotterdam before moving to London in about 1670. He established a reputation for landscapes with animals. This theme was one of his favourites. An almost contemporary biography of Colonia mentions that he copied many pictures of 'beasts' after Jacopo da Bassano (c.151 -1592) in the Royal Collection. Here, the animal group is the most vivid part of the nocturnal scene thrown into confusion by the appearance of the angel.
Current Accession Number 1957P12
Former Accession Number P.1257
Inscription back [?] 'A. Colonia fecit'
Subject religion (Angel appearing to the Shepherds) )
Measurements 171.0 x 191.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Martin Crabbe 1957.
Publications Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 32, ill.
Notes Another version at Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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