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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
1961.9.23
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From the Tour: Netherlandish and Spanish Altarpieces in the Late 1400s and Early 1500s
Object 1 of 6

Conservation Notes

The panel is made up of four vertical members. The unpainted edges have been trimmed slightly at the sides and have been cut off at top and bottom where edging strips about .5 cm wide have been added. The painting was cleaned in 1952. In 1953/1954, the panel was cradled and the painting cleaned and restored in the same manner as 1961.9.22. The ground is prepared with the same fibrous material used in the Annunciation. Infrared reflectography reveals a brush underdrawing employing evenly spaced hatching strokes in several areas, including the body of the Christ Child, the hands of the Virgin, and the ox and ass. There are some changes in the painted contours of the Christ Child and the Virgin's hair. A split along one of the joins running upward through the Christ Child's ear and the manger has been filled and inpainted. Apart from this split, some small, localized losses, and some abrasion in the lower left portion of the Virgin's mantle, the painting is in excellent condition.

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