The Nativity with God the Father and Angels

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

after 1647

Artist:

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Italian, 1609-1664

About this artwork

Although he was Genoese by birth, Giovanni Battista Castiglione worked among the greatest artists in Baroque Rome. A prolific painter, etcher, and draftsman, he produced several innovative renditions of the Nativity. The epic horizontal sweep of the present etching emphasizes the cosmic power of Christ’s heavenly father (entirely omitting Joseph, Christ’s earthly stepfather). This conceit reappears in an intimate vertical format in God the Father Regarding His Newborn Son (1972.986).

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Artist

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Title

The Nativity with God the Father and Angels

Origin

Italy

Date

1647–1664

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

205 × 402 mm

Credit Line

Harold Joachim Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1972.988

Extended information about this artwork

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