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
- Engraving in black on cream laid paper
- 238 × 166 mm
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.