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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
overall (including original frame): 48 x 87 cm (18 7/8 x 34 1/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.8
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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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