© Hildesheim, St Godehard |
TO THE SHEPHERDS
The Shepherds and their flock are sprawled on a hill on the right. The
angel herald addresses them with one hand and raises his other palm to
heaven. The first shepherd raises his palm frontally in surprise, like
the Virgin at her Annunciation. The heavenly choir, looking both up and
down, in a theatrically explicit manner proclaim ‘Glory to God in
the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men’ (Luke, 2:14).
They are separated from the messenger by a triple- lobed golden cloud.
The separation of the heavenly host from the messenger is found in Carolingian
and Anglo-Saxon precursors, like the Missal of Robert of Jumièges
(Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS.Y.6; AP, 55,82).
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