Johann  Elias  Ridinger

Ulm 1688 – Augsburg 1767

The  Adoration  of  the  Shepherds

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Adoration of the Shepherds (St. Luke 2, 1-20)

in  the  Baroque  Plenty  of  the  Christmas  Tale

The  grandiose , intricate  composition

in  an  almost  unique  copy  of  greatest  perfection

In the front on the right on a straw box the child held by Mary at his arm, behind her the announcing angel Gabriel and, to the middle, Joseph. On the left the group of the three shepherds, one holding a sheep. Above the mortals in and beyond the clouds many putti, carrying in anticipation the crown of thorns , nails , spear and cross

as  spectacular  view  on  the  fulfillment  of  Good Friday

but still being held back by the archangel in view of the szenery at the crib. In the middle on the left another group of approaching shepherds. On the right outline of the stable. Mezzotint by surely Johann Jacob Ridinger (1736 Augsburg 1784) supposedly after Johann Georg Bergmüller. Inscribed in italics lower left: Joh. Elias Ridinger excud. A.V. 24⅞ × 17½ in (63.2 × 44.5 cm).

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