The adoration of the shepherds oil on copper, size 35 cm x 27 cm, with the frame 55 cm x 47 cm, attributed to Frans Franken II, early 17th century.
On our painting in the foreground in front of the baby Jesus, lies the Divine Lamb with bound feet, announcement of the sacrifice to come. Mary tenderly lifts the veil to show the shepherds of all ages the Savior they have come to adore. The white area of the cradle is the symbol of innocence.
In the background a small Flemish town under the snow of the beginning of the 17th century and characters who run to join the shepherds.
Frans Franken II (1581 - 1642) is a Flemish painter from the Spanish Netherlands, he is the most famous son of Frans Franken I. He was his pupil and the owner of one of the most prosperous workshops in Antwerp.