The painting depicts a stone trough in the foreground, in which the infant Christ lies wrapped in cloth. From the left appear an ox and ass as well as a shepherd dress in a red robe who has removed his hat. At the centre of the image the Virgin kneels in an attitude of prayer, while on the right a further two shepherds kneel and a fourth man joins them. Behind the Virgin a large throng of small angels and angels' heads appear in a cloud. The annunciation to the shepherds is visible in the background.
[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz; http://museum-digital.de/san/index.php?t=objekt&oges=13761; accessed 24 March 2015]