2016. december 25., vasárnap

The Nativity

Federico Barrocci (Italian, c. 1526-1612) - The Nativity, c. 1597 (Oil on canvas, Prado Museum, Madrid) - Of all the many thousands of nativity scenes in western art, this one is among the most tenderly maternal. Mary kneels humbly before her God, but she is equally full of love for her newborn baby. Mother and child gaze into each other’s eyes and the whole composition emphasises their mutual bond. The art of Barrocci, until recently one of the most overlooked of Italian masters, was especially popular with women in his lifetime and it is not hard to see why from this nativity, in which the radiant child illuminates the exquisitely loving face of Mary…

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