The Nativity: The Birth of Christ

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In 1305, the wealthy banker and merchant Enrico Scrovegni dedicated a new chapel, dedicated to the Virgin of Charity, on the site of an old Roman arena in Padua, Italy. The frescoes, by Giotto di Bondone, cover the life of the Virgin Mary and the life of Christ.


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Fra Angelico, Nativity with SS. Catherine of Alexandria and Peter the Martyr, 1440-1441. Fresco, 6 feet 4 inches x 5 feet 5 inches. Cell 5, Convento di San Marco, Florence. 1
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Piero della Francesca, Nativity, 1470-1475.Oil on poplar, 49 x 48.3 inches. National Gallery, London 1
Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, 1308-1311. Tempera on poplar panel, 18.9 x 34.2 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Lorenzo Monaco, The Nativity, c. 1406-1410. Tempera on wood, gold ground, 8.8 x 12.3 inches. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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Gentile da Fabriano, Nativity, 1423.Tempera on wood, 12.6 x 29.5 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Left predella panel of The Adoration of the Magi. 1 2 3
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Paolo Uccello, Birth of Christ, 1443-1445. Stained-glass oculus window, Duomo, Florence.1 2
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Robert Campin (the Master of Flémalle), Nativity, around 1430. Oil on wood, 33.9 x 28.3 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Dijon. 1 2 3 4 5
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Rogier van der Weyden, Bladelin Triptych, 1445-1450. Oil on wood; Nativity (center panel) 35.8 x 35 inches. Gemäldegalerie (Staatliche Museen), Berlin 1 2 3
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Dieric Bouts, adoration of the angels, from Triptych of the Life of the Virgin, c. 1445. One of four scenes. Oil on wood, overall 31.5 x 85.4 in. Museo del Prado, Madrid 1 2 3 4
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Petrus Christus, Nativity, c. 1450. Oil on panel, 51.2 x 38.2 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1 2
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Hans Memling, Nativity, left panel of Triptych of the Adoration of the Magi, 1470-1472. Oil on wood, this panel 38.6 x 25 inches. Museo del Prado, Madrid 1 2 3 4
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Gerard David, The Nativity with Donors and Saints Jerome and Leonard, c. 1510-1515. Oil on canvas, transferred from wood, 35.5 x 52.8 inches. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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Jacopo Bellini, Nativity, c. 1450. Leadpoint on parchment, 11.4 x 16.8 inches. Musée du Louvre, Paris. 1 2 3
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Sandro Botticelli, The Nativity, c. 1473-1475. Fresco transferred to canvas. Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, S.C.
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Fra Filippo Lippi, Adoration of the Child, c. 1455. Tempera on wood, 53.9 x 52.8 inches. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. 1 2
Fra Filippo Lippi, The Adoration in the Forest, 1459. Oil on poplar, 46.7 x 51 inches. Gemäldegalerie (Staatlichen Museen), Berlin 1 2 3
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Nativity, central panel of The Seed of David, 1858-1864. Oil on canvas, this panel 90 x 60 inches. Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff. 1 2 3 4
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Albrecht Dürer, The Nativity, c. 1502-1504. Woodcut on laid paper, 11.8 x 8.3 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Albrecht Dürer, The Nativity, c. 1509-1510. Woodcut, 5 x 3.9 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Albrecht Duerer, Nativity, central panel of Paumgartner Altarpiece, c. 1500. Oil on linden, this panel 61 x 49.6 inches. Alte Pinakothek, Munich. 1 2 3
Albrecht Altdorfer, Nativity, c. 1513. Oil on linden, 14.4 x 10.2 inches. Gemäldegalerie (Staatlichen Museen), Berlin. 1 2 3
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Census at Bethlehem, 1566. Oil on panel, 46 x 64.8 inches. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. 1
Luca della Robbia, Nativity with Gloria in Excelsis, c. 1470. Glazed terracotta, 35 x 29 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Michelangelo Buonarroti, Doni Tondo, 1506-1508. Tempera on panel, 47.5 inches diameter. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. 1


Fra Bartolommeo, The Virgin adoring the Child with Saint Joseph, before 1511. Oil on wood, 54.3 x 41.3 inches. National Gallery of Art, London. 1
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Lorenzo Lotto, The Nativity, 1523. Oil on panel, 18.1 x 14.1 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Jacopo Tintoretto, The Nativity, late 1550s, reworked 1570s. Oil on canvas, 5 feet 1.3 inches x 11 feet 8 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 1 2
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Geertgen tot Sint Jans, The Nativity at Night, c. 1490. Oil on oak, 13.4 x 10 inches. National Gallery, London
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Antonio da Correggio, Nativity, c. 1529-1530. Oil on canvas, 101 x 74 inches. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden. 1 2
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Georges de La Tour, The New-Born, 1640s. Oil on canvas, 29.9 x 35.8 inches. Musee des Beaux Arts, Rennes. 1

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