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image of The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel Duccio di Buoninsegna (painter)
Sienese, c. 1255 - 1318
The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, 1308/1311
tempera on single panel
painted surface (left side image): 43 × 16 cm (16 15/16 × 6 5/16 in.) painted surface (center image): 43 × 43.9 cm (16 15/16 × 17 5/16 in.) painted surface (right side image): 43 × 16 cm (16 15/16 × 6 5/16 in.) overall (including original frame): 48 × 86.8 × 7.9 cm (18 7/8 × 34 3/16 × 3 1/8 in.) width (left edge to center of left side of frame of central image): 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.) width (frame of central image, center of left side to center of right ): 47.6 cm (18 3/4 in.) width (center of right side of frame of central image to right edge): 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.8
Not on View
From the Tour: Byzantine Art and Painting in Italy during the 1200s and 1300s
Object 5 of 8

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left section, center left on scroll: ECCE VIRGO CONCIPIET & PARIET FILIU & VOCABITUR NOMEN EIUS EMANUEL (Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Immanuel), from Isaiah 7:14; middle section, center right on scroll: Anuncio uobis gaudiu magnum... (Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy), from Luke 2:10; right section, center right on scroll: VIDI PORTA I DOMO DOM CLAUSA VIR NO TRSIBIT P[ER] EA DOMIN SOLUS ITRAT ET IT P[ER] EA[M] (I saw a door in the house of the Lord which was closed and no man went through it. The Lord only enters and goes through it), a variant of Ezekial 44:2

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