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)

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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).

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Last update

14.05.2024