Bernardo Castello (Italian, 1557-1629)

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Here the story of the Annunciation to the shepherds is rendered in captivating detail and spectacular, high-keyed color. In an unusual interpretation of the event, the darkness of night is transformed by a torrent of heavenly light as a host of angels physically escort the shepherds to the place of Christ's birth.

Bernardo Castello was the leading painter in Genoa after the departure of Luca Cambiaso for Rome in 1583. Like Cambiaso, he worked in an eclectic style, painting religious narratives characterized by their clarity and legibility.

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Object Information

Bernardo Castello (Italian, 1557-1629)
creation date
about 1620
oil on canvas
47-3/4 x 38-1/2 in.
accession number
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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