Adoration of the Shepherds
11.8 cm x 7.8 cm (4 5/8 in. x 3 1/16 in.)
Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola)
(Parma, Italy, 1503 - 1540, Casalmaggiore, Italy)
Medium and Support:
Etching with drypoint
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
This etching is one of Parmigianino’s many interpretations of the theme. Its small size, seeming informality, and sketchy articulation dramatize his appreciation of etching’s conceptual and procedural relation to drawing.