Icon of the Nativity - ROM2018_16774_28


Icon of the Nativity

Maker: Unknown maker
Medium:Wood panel, painted in tempera on a gesso ground; gilt
Geography: Greece
Date: c. 1500-1599
36.5 x 29 x 3 cm
Object number: 978.353.15
Credit Line: Donated by Dr. Peter Janetos in memory of his parents, Bessie and John Janetos
Not on view
DescriptionThese pictures declare the Christian dogma that the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary. The earliest pictures of the Nativity show only the main participants in the event. Later both the number of figures and episodes increased the West as well as in the East. The representation of Mary, the Child in the manger, St. Joseph, the angles, and the shepherds is from the Gospel of St. Luke. The scenes of Salome bathing the Child, the journey and the Adoration of the Magi led by the star, and Joseph being tempted by the devil disguised as a shepherd, were all inspired by the Apocryphal Gospel of James. In our icon the natural carved frame has the painting of Deisis (prayer) of Mary and St. John the Baptist to Christ Pantocrator in its upper structure arch.
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