The Notte of Corregio --The Holy Night (the adoration of the Shepherds), (painting)
Correggio (copy after)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 40
After Corregio. "The Notte, is celebrated for the striking effect of the light, which, in accordance with the old legend, proceeds from the new-born babe: the radiant infant and the mother who holds him, are lost in the splendor, which has guided the distant shepherds. A maiden on one side, and a beautiful youth on the other, who serve as a contrast to an old shepherd, receive the full light which seems to dazzle their eyes, while angels, hovering above, appear in a softened radiance. A little further back Joseph is employed with his ass, and in the background are more shepherds with their flocks. Morning breaks in the horizon, an ethereal light flows through the whole picture, and leaves only so much of the outline and substance of the forms apparent as is necessary to enable the eye to distinguish the objects." [P. 4.]
Catalogue of Paintings, Engravings, &c. &c. at the Picture Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society. Third Annual Exhibition, 1850. Baltimore: Printed by John D. Toy, corner of Market and St. Paul Streets.