The Adoration of the Shepherds
is an oil on canvas painting (300x192 cm) made in 1608 by the painter Peter Paul Rubens
. It was recognized in the early twentieth century by the great historian Roberto Longhi, who also identified it as the night. It is kept at the Civic Art Gallery of Fermo.
The Adoration of the Shepherds, was executed by Rubens during his stay in Rome for Costantini chapel in the church of San Filippo Neri in Fermo. This work is rich in Caravaggio's suggestions and rhetoric devotional meaning. It can be placed in the dictates of the Counter-reform with a spectacular and theatrical Baroque style, highlighted by the band of angels surrounding the sacred representation, skillfully played on determined alternations of shadows and lights.