Spinello Aretino (c.1346 -1410)
Tempera on panel
Depth: frame :; Width: panel : 62.8 cm; Height: frame : 98.5 cm; Width: frame : 67 cm; Height: panel : 93.9 cm;
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
About this work
Spinello Aretino’s treatment of this nativity scene is particularly tender. The Virgin Mary looks serenely towards her son Christ, as two midwives bathe him. Behind them an ox and an ass gaze out from their stable. Above, angels announce Christ’s birth to the shepherds, who can be seen in the rocks to the right. The panel is thought to be one of only two known surviving elements of a rare double-sided altarpiece. It was commissioned for the Franciscan church in Città di Castello, near to Spinello’s home town of Arezzo.
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