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image of The Nativity Juan de Flandes (artist)
Hispano-Flemish, active 1496 - 1519
The Nativity, c. 1508/1519
oil on panel
painted surface: 110.5 x 79.3 cm (43 1/2 x 31 1/4 in.) overall (panel): 111.8 x 80.6 cm (44 x 31 3/4 in.) framed: 129.8 x 98.7 x 10.7 cm (51 1/8 x 38 7/8 x 4 3/16 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 1 of 6


Altarpiece of the "capilla mayor (main chapel)," church of San Lázaro, Palencia, commissioned c. 1508, until c. 1945.[1] Arcadio Torres Martín, Palencia, 1950-51.[2] Acquired c. 1952 by (Frederick Mont, New York);[3] purchased 11 February 1953 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] The commission was made by Don Sancho de Castilla. See Jan V.L. Brans, "Juan de Flandes, pintor de la reina y de Castilla," Clacileño 4, no. 21 (1953), 32 for the state of San Lázaro and the cessation of services there shortly after September 1945.

[2] In 1950 and 1951, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann saw six panels from the San Lázaro altarpiece--The Annunciation and The Nativity and the four panels now in the Prado-- in the house of Sr. Torres Martín in Palencia; this information given in conversations with Martha Wolff of 3 February 1984 and 24 July 1984.

[3] In 1952 all four panels now in the Gallery were with Frederick Mont in New York; see letter of 28 October 1952 from Chandler R. Post to Mont in the NGA curatorial files. Mont refers to having bought the pictures in Spain in a letter dated 16 April 1953 to Wilhelm Valentiner (Valentiner Papers, Archives of American Art, microfilm reel no. 2143, copies, NGA curatorial files).

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