The Nativity, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Nativity
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Martin Schongauer

The Nativity, ca. 1470

From the ‘Life of Mary’


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256 x 168 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33706
Object Number
33706 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1855
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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he stable in Bethlehem is depicted as the ruin of a once-splendid structure, probably the old Temple of Solomon as a reference to the Old Testament. The remains of a wall frame the scene of Christ’s birth and assign the beholder a place like that of the shepherds who have come to worship the newborn child. Here Schongauer recounts the episode with a spectrum of different materials quite opulent for an engraving, along with stones, vegetation, and space-creating light.

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07.06.2024