Mantegna, Andrea | Adoration of the Shepards

Lé Arts Salon


Title: Adoration of the Shepherds
Artist: Andrea Mantegna
Year: 1456
Medium: Tempera & Oil
Period: Early Renaissance
Style/Genre: Religious Painting

Notes & Analysis of the Artwork

The Gold (Dixie) for religion.

  • Connected to Joseph and Mary.
  • Use to show divinity
  • Omnipresence of god
  • Wisdom and virtue

The Red (Cinnabar), does not serve as any type of bad luck or negative energy, but for love.

  • Worn by both important and prominent figures in the painting, Joseph and Mary.

The Green (Kelp) promises of growth and hope, surrounding most of the painting.

  • The fertility of the trees and highlighting the riverbank.
  • Highlighted in the olive branch (right of painting).

The Blue (Rum) stands for and showcases harmony.

  • Highlighted in the sky.
  • Used to display serenity and guidance.

HEX, RGB, & CMYK Color Coding below! HEX | R-G-B | CMYK

DIXIE: #e19d17 | 225 – 157 – 23 | 0, 30, 90, 12
CINNABAR: #e74b3a | 231 – 75 – 58 | 0, 68, 75, 9
KELP: #414932 | 65 – 73 – 50 | 11, 0, 32, 71
RUM: #6b6087 | 107 – 96 – 135 | 21, 29, 0, 47
JUDGE GRAY: #534634 | 83 – 70 – 52 | 0, 16, 37, 67

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