The Adoration of the Shepherds, by the wonderful Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto; on display in the incomparable treasury of art that is the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice.
From a guidebook by Francesco
Valcanover; "In an open scenic illusionism, the
shepherds below present their gifts with impassioned and joyous gestures.
They are counterpointed by the light and shadow created by the brightness from
outside; above, main and secondary figures taking part in the divine event take
on attitudes of conscious, almost solemn participation and are dazzled by
the light which streams through the cracks between the wooden beams of the
humble barn. The two different spiritual moments are underlined also by
the different colour quality; without breaking the continuity the lower part is
continuously struck by reverberations and reflections and at the same time
carefully and realistically evokes the animals in the stall, the
brightly-colored peacock, the humble tools; the upper part is calmer and more
relaxed although the wide chromatic background painting is strengthened by
sudden, flashing rays of light."