The Nativity

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1460/70

Artist:

Unknown artist
Italian, 15th century

About this artwork

This traditional Nativity scene shows the baby Jesus sleeping in a manger with the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, shepherds, and angels around him. The Annunciation to the Shepherds appears above this scene; the shepherds are shown with their flocks beneath cherubs carrying a banner that contains the Gloria prayer. At the top and middle of the border is a medallion of God the Father, who points toward this scene; other border medallions feature the prophets. Perhaps inspired by Alesso Baldovinetti’s Nativity, this unknown artist was most likely active in Florence toward the end of the 15th century.

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Artist

Unknown artist

Title

The Nativity

Origin

Italy

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

238 × 166 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.985

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