Along with his elder brother Dosso Dossi, Battista Dossi was one of the most sought-after artists at the Ferrara court in the first half of the 16th century.

Battista's small-scale painting is executed with great precision in harmony and composition, as demanded in the High Renaissance. In the centre lies the Christ-child on a white cloth, with Mary and Joseph on the right and two shepherds on the left. Above this scene of adoration hovers God the Father in a glowing cloud of light.
Such small-scale altar-pieces generally served for private worship and were also taken on journeys.


  • Title: Nativity
  • Creator: Dossi Battista (1490–1548)
  • Physical Dimensions: w31.8 x h47 cm (without frame)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Image Fotostudio Ghezzi, Oberalm
  • Medium: Oil on Poplar

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