The Nativity

Simon Beningabout 1525 - 1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Mary and Joseph, four angels, and an ass and an ox cluster in a tight circle around the tiny Christ Child. They block the view of two shepherds, who lean out from behind a column to get a glimpse of the child. Two angels above complete the group of adorers, all eager to pay homage to the newborn child. The Roman ruins chosen as the site for the Nativity probably symbolically highlight the transition from the classical to the Christian world that occurred with the birth of Christ.

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  • Title: The Nativity
  • Date Created: about 1525 - 1530
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: w11.4 x h16.8 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=4291
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment"
  • illuminator: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
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  • Subject: Donkeys, Oxen, Angels, Nativity, Saint Joseph, Mary, Holy Family, Joseph, Ruins, Shepherds