Giovanni Battista Bertucci Sr., Nativity with Saints Jerome, Young John, John the Evangelist and Bernardino of Siena

Giovanni Battista Bertucci sr.,
Nativity with Saints Jerome, Young John, John the Evangelist and Bernardino of Siena

Nativity with Saints Jerome, Young John, John the Evangelist and Bernardino of Siena
documented from 1495 to 1516, wood, cm. 145X147 cm + frame 25 cm.; Inv. n. 174

This work depicts a Nativity. The Virgin is in the centre of the composition, kneeling in front of the cradle with the Infant. The scene is set outdoors; to the left of the viewer there is the stall with the oxen and ass, and to the right the view can glimpse three small human figures. In this case this is the representation of the flight to Egypt, or an insertion of another episode of the life of Christ inside a painting dedicated to something else. This solution makes it possible to strengthen the value of the tale told in images.

Critics unanimously agree that Bertucci the Elder is the artist. The painting is set in a lovely wooden frame, painted and gilded, with botanical decorations.

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