Birth of the Virgin

Luca Giordano1650–75

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The virgin is seated on a raised platform in the center. She is holding baby Christ in her arms. Several figures attend to the Virgin, including a woman who kneels before her and washes the new mother's feet in a basin. Another woman is bringing the Virgin a basket of goods, which she carries on top of her head.

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  • Title: Birth of the Virgin
  • Creator: Luca Giordano
  • Date Created: 1650–75
  • Provenance: Giovanni Piancastelli, Mme Mary Brandegee
  • Markings: verso: Brandegee stamp in violet, lower left mount: Lugt 1860c.
  • Inscribed: recto in graphite, lower right mount: L. Giordano; verso in graphite, lower right mount: not written up / 1938.88.6550[symbol for check mark]
  • Dimensions: 36.4 x 26.9 cm (14 5/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, black chalk on laid cream paper, lined