An image of The Nativity

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italy 1520 – 1582)

after Agnolo Bronzino

(Italy 17 Nov 1503 – 23 Nov 1572)

The Nativity

Other titles:
The shepherds adoring the Infant Jesus
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 1550 Ghisi was invited to Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock, the leading northern publisher of the period. This is one of the five large engravings Ghisi made for Cock's publishing house. It reproduces at virtually the same size a panel painting by Bronzino, executed in the late 1530s for Filippo d'Averardo Salviati of Florence. Ghisi added a number of details to the composition such as the walled town in the background and the wreaths held by two angels. In later states the wreaths contain verses in praise of Our Lady.

Year
1553
Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
63.7 x 43.6 cm image/sheet overall (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1938
Accession number
6831