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image of The Nativity of the Virgin Andrea di Bartolo (painter)
Sienese, active from 1389 - died 1428
The Nativity of the Virgin, c. 1400
tempera on panel
overall: 45.8 x 33.8 cm (18 1/16 x 13 5/16 in.) framed: 48.3 x 36.8 x 4.1 cm (19 x 14 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1939.1.42
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From the Tour: Painting in Siena in the 14th and Early 15th Centuries
Object 5 of 10

In this panel—the second in a series of three paintings by this artist illustrating scenes from the life of Mary—we see Anne and the new infant being tended just after her birth. Details—such as the chicken brought to the new mother—made the Virgin approachable and brought sacred events into the realm of the viewer's own experience.

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