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Artist Name:

Francesco Di Giorgio

Nationality & Life Dates:

Italian, 1439–1502

Title:

The Nativity

Date:

ca. 1460-1465

Medium:

Tempera on panel

Dimensions:

9 3/8 x 8 3/4inches

Credit Line:

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number:

61.42

On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
A Sienese painter, sculptor, archaeologist, engineer, architect, and writer, Franceso di Giorgio exemplifies the versatile court artist of the late fifteenth century. The Nativity was likely painted after Francesco had come into contact with the miniatures of Girolamo da Cremona and the Florentine altarpieces of Fra Filippo Lippi. The work contains an intimacy that is characteristic of his sketches, as the Virgin bends over her child with parted lips and Joseph rests his weary head upon his hand.



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