Saturday, January 14, 2006

Piping Picture for the New Year

This is Sebastiano Conca's Adoration of the Shepherds painted in Naples about 1720. As all good representations of Our Lord's nativity should, it includes a piper. You can see him with his pipes in the upper right corner of the picture keeping his one-and-only drone out of the way of the cherub thurifer.

A larger view of the piper and his pipes, probably an Italian Zampogna:

[Thanks to Bagpipe Iconography site for the lead on this one.]