The Nativity, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Nativity
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Martin Schongauer

The Nativity, ca. 1470

From the ‘Life of Mary’


Blatt
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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About the Work

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Nativity
From the ‘Life of Mary’
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: M+S [S punziert]
Captions Added Later
Verso oben mittig fehlerhafte Nachzeichnung des Wasserzeichens (mit Bleistift)
Verso unten links schwarzer Stempel der Sammlung Hermann Weber, Bonn (Lugt 1383)
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Kleiner Ochsenkopf mit Stange und Stern
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XLIX.23.5
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.005
  • Lehrs V.50.5 (⁎⁎⁎)
  • Bartsch VI.120.4

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1855

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73B8 Holy Family, and derived representations
  • 73B13 Mary, Joseph and the new-born Christ (Nativity)
  • 73B281 the ox and the ass at the manger ~ Christ's birth

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19.02.2024