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Nativity

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This large painting shows the Christ child laying in his comfortable manger, gazing up at his mother. She returns his gaze, while St Joseph looks on. An older woman, possibly St Anne, stands behind him, and four other onlookers gather around.

The painter has aimed at depicting a happy, as well as reverent scene: each face has a happy and content expression.

The painting has so far not been identified either as to its country of origin or its artist. The picture relies on the Renaissance tradition of night scene painting rather than on the more obvious Caravaggistic tradition. The treatment of the figures and the fall of light point to an artist familiar with the Italian tradition rather than a northern one. (Wright, 2002, p.47)

Ferens Art Gallery

Kingston upon Hull


Date

possibly 17th C

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 137.6 x W 191.3 cm

Accession number

KINCM:2005.4886

Acquisition method

gift from Constance Mary Capron, 1951

Work type

Painting


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Ferens Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Square, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire HU1 3RA England

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