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Martin Schongauer: The Nativity

Martin Schongauer ca. 1447 – 1491

The Nativity

oil on panel (37 × 28 cm) — c. 1480 Museum Gemäldegalerie der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin

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This work is linked to Luke 2:16

Joseph, Mary, the ass, the ox and the shepherds all admire the new-born child lying on a bundle of straw covered by a blanket.

The style of this work shows resemblance to that of the Southern Netherlandish master Rogier van der Weyden, whose work Schongauer is believed to have closely studied.

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