The Nativity, Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
The Nativity
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Israhel van Meckenem the Younger

The Nativity, ca. 1500

6th sheet from the 'Life of the Virgin'


Blatt
271 x 189 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33825
Object Number
33825 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

As told in the Gospel of Luke, Mary and two angels worship the newborn Christ lying on a bundle of straw. Joseph, standing behind the Virgin, holds a candle representing the earthly light that—according to the vision of Saint Bridget of Sweden—was outshone by the divine light of the son of God. As a symbol of the “Old Covenant”, which was now a thing of the past, the decayed Temple of Solomon forms the “stable” of Bethlehem. Two shepherds peer in through a round-arched opening, having received tidings of Christ’s birth (scene in the background).

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Nativity
6th sheet from the 'Life of the Virgin'
Engraver
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Engraving
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert in der Platte unten mittig außerhalb der Einfassungslinie: Israhel ° V ° M °
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • P mit Blume
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XXIV.20.55
  • TIB Bd. 9.45.35
  • Lehrs IX.60.55 (⁎⁎)
  • Bartsch VI.216.35

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1840

Work Content

Iconclass

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

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Last update

11.09.2023