Adoration of the Shepherds / Presentation in the Temple
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 1198 / 1199
89 × 126 cm
The two New Testament scenes on view here reveal the influence of the Rembrandt Renaissance initiated in Germany in mid century and featuring a chiaroscuro manner of execution. Zick carried out many variations of these two motifs with their counterparts, the “Adoration of the Magi” and the “Circumcision”. A native of Munich trained in Paris, he made a name for himself by painting the frescoes in the Benedictine monastery church of Wiblingen near Ulm. In the epoch of the modern era’s most radical upheavals, triggered by the French Revolution, Zick’s painting underwent a stylistic development beginning with the late Baroque and ending with early classicist tendencies.