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THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.
The subject of the picture before us will be found in the Gospel of St. Luke, chap. ii.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
"And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.
"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ our Lord," 8Cc.
The figures of this picture are of a proportion less than a foot. In our review of some other works of Vanderwerf, we have used observations that are, in a manner, applicable to all the productions of this artist. The present work offers little variety kin point of taste and execution.
The peculiarities of Vanderwerf are, correctness of deANNUNCIATION OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.
sign and purity of expression, a certain dignity in his characters, but little energy. A careful pencil, the extreme finish of which sometimes degenerates into coldness; a vigorous local tone, but too deep and often clouded; a want of freshness in his demL-tints, which are not sufficiently in opposition with the colour of the shadows. .The latter are frequently too much reflected, a defect visible in the present picture. The effect of the light is also but tamely expressed. Nevertheless, the works of Vanderwerf merit a particular place in the cabinets of the curious. They are somewhat rare, and on that account have ever fetched considerable prices.