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.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Unknown artist
- The Nativity
- Italy (Artist's nationality)
- Engraving in black on cream laid paper
- 23.8 × 16.6 cm (9 3/8 × 6 9/16 in.)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.