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The Nativity with God the Father and Angels

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.


after 1647


Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Italian, 1609-1664

About this artwork

A prolific painter, etcher, and draftsman, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione produced several innovative renditions of the Nativity. The epic horizontal sweep of this etching emphasizes the cosmic power of Christ’s heavenly father (it entirely omits Joseph, Christ’s earthly stepfather).


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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione


The Nativity with God the Father and Angels


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


Plate: 29.5 × 20.7 cm (11 5/8 × 8 3/16 in.); Sheet: 33.5 × 24.4 cm (13 1/4 × 9 5/8 in.)

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Harold Joachim Purchase Fund

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