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The Nativity

late 15th Century - early 16th Century
17 x 13 in. (43.2 x 33 cm)

Master of Frankfurt
Flemish (active ca. 1460 - after 1505)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: Carrie Bausch Lomb Bequest
Accession Number: 1931.28
Location: Currently on view
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Set against a backdrop of the ruins of a church, this picture depicts the adoration of the infant Christ by his mother and three kneeling angels. The two shepherds at the left, along with their animals, are about to enter the ruins; at the right, standing under a broken arch, Joseph carries a lighted candle. Three angels hover above the scene in the remains of the church gable. The artist renders in meticulous detail richly decorated fabrics, architectural motifs and foliage as well as the story of the picture. The landscape in the background possibly depicts an actual location in the Netherlands.

Provenance
Baron Albert von Oppenheim (1834-1912), Cologne, Germany; E. & A. Silberman (dealers), New York; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1931

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