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Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Annunciation to the Shepherds

The Annunciation to the Shepherds
Stained glass panel
England
About 1340
Clear, coloured and flashed glass, with paint and silver stain
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Luke refers to the angel appearing to the shepherds to tell them of the miraculous birth. The shepherds then pay homage to the Christ Child.

This event was interpreted as the announcement of the birth of the Messiah to the Jews (the shepherds)

The Adoration of the Magi was interpreted as the announcement of the birth of the Messiah to the Gentiles (the Magi).