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  • Adoration (The Nativity)

    Artist:
    South german artist, late 15th century
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    182x94,5 cm

South german artist, late 15th century

Adoration (The Nativity)

Germany, Second half of the 15th century

The author of this work was probably the Swabian artist Friedrich Herlin, who was much influenced by Netherlandish art. With the Adoration (the Nativity) and the Flight into Egypt on one side, the painting once formed part of a large altar devoted to the life of the Virgin Mary, showing the Seven Joys and the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin. The ruins with their elements of Classical architecture indicate the stable where Christ was born and at the same time symbolize the fall of paganism. Joseph, holding a candle (the symbol of immortal soul) in his hand, seems to be fulfilling the role of the protector of the Child. The stable roof is supported by the column on which, according to theological commentaries, the Virgin Mary leant during the miraculous birth. With its gold background, haloes and naivety in the construction of space, this painting is a clear reminder of how long Gothic traditions continued in German 15th-century art.

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Adoration (The Nativity)

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

182x94,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the Petrograd Art Treasures Department

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5586

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