The Adoration of the Shepherds – A Question for you at Christmas

Happy Christmas Eve everyone. My new header is an altarpiece painted by the Flemish artist, Hugo van der Goes in 1475 as a private devotion piece for the Medici banker, Tommaso Portinari. It’s central theme is the Adoration of the Shepherds from Luke’s Gospel, but is crammed with religious symbolism, more of which later.

But first a question – Why did this painting cause outrage when it was first displayed?

Hugo van dear Goes, The Portinari Altarpiece, 1475, oil on wood triptych, 253 cm x 304 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Florence. The Adoration of the Shepherds.
Hugo van dear Goes, The Portinari Altarpiece, 1475, oil on wood triptych, 253 cm x 304 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

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