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The Adoration of the Shepherds

The adoration of the Shepherds - detail

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Precious metals like gold express the sacred importance of religious objects. The artist used a technique called estofado. He carved the wood, covered it with gold leaf, and painted some areas. He then tooled away some painted areas to reveal gold leaf below.




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