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Joseph and the Suitors

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This panel is painted on both sides and it formed part of an altarpiece or a screen illustrating the life of the Virgin Mary. She is shown in a nocturnal scene adoring the infant Christ. Two shepherds approach through the door to the right, and Joseph with a lantern enters from the left. A different note is struck by the angels who are grief-stricken by the realisation of Christ’s fate. The infant lies on a stone, symbolising the altar used for the mass, and on a wheat sheaf, representing the communion bread.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

c.1515–1520

Medium

oil on wood

Measurements

H 137 x W 137 cm

Accession number

51.5

Acquisition method

purchased, 1951

Work type

Painting


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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