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The Adoration of the Child Jesus

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

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This is the main panel of an altarpiece. A complex group of figures is gathered within a beautiful landscape. Three saints surround the infant Christ: Jerome with his chest bared; Francis in the grey habit; and Benedict in the dark robe. In the foreground, the three Magi with their gifts kneel in adoration. Above, are God the Father and the dove which symbolises the Holy Spirit. In the hills to the left, an angel appears to the shepherds. The incomplete figure of Saint Joseph to the right indicates that the panel has been cut and reshaped.
Title

The Adoration of the Child Jesus

Date

probably 1480s

Medium

tempera on wood

Measurements

H 177.8 x W 147.3 cm

Accession number

65.7

Acquisition method

purchased, 1965

Work type

Painting

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

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