Details

Title

The Nativity

Artist/Maker

Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, 1439–1502)

Date

ca. 1460–1465

Medium

Tempera on panel

Dimensions

9 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Credit

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession #

61.42

On View

Currently not on view

A Sienese painter, sculptor, archaeologist, engineer, architect, and writer, Franceso di Giorgio exemplifies the versatile court artist of the late fifteenth century. The Nativity was likely painted after Francesco had come into contact with the miniatures of Girolamo da Cremona and the Florentine altarpieces of Fra Filippo Lippi. The work contains an intimacy that is characteristic of his sketches, as the Virgin bends over her child with parted lips and Joseph rests his weary head upon his hand.