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Nativity

Artist:
Circle of Antoine Le Moiturier (French, ca. 1425–ca. 1497)
Date:
ca. 1450
Geography:
Made in Near Burgundy, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone with later paint and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 17 3/4 x 25 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (45.1 x 65.7 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Accession Number:
16.32.158
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
The relief includes the unusual subject of Joseph warming the infant Jesus’ clothes at a fire. During the fifteenth century Joseph became increasingly significant and the subject of devotion.
Émile Molinier ; Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Collections Georges Hoentschel: Volume 1, Moyen Age et Renaissance. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1908. p. 8, pl. XVI.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. p. 153, fig. 88, ill. p. 155.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 153, fig. 88, ill. p. 155.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guide to the Collections: Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1962. fig. 61.

Wixom, William D. "An Enthroned Madonna with the Writing Christ Child." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 57, no. 9 (December 1970). p. 302, n. 43.

Forsyth, William Holmes. "Popular Imagery in a Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Creche." Metropolitan Museum Journal 24 (1989). pp. 117-126, fig. 1-7.

Keller, Peter. Die Wiege des Christuskindes: Ein Haushaltsgerät in Kunst und Kult. Worms: Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 1998. no. B 10, p. 211, fig. 55.

Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 22.

Krohn, Deborah L., Ulrich Leben, and Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, ed. Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2013. no. 154, p. 180.

Sadler, Donna L. Stone, Flesh, Spirit: The Entombment of Christ in Late Medieval Burgundy and Champagne. Leiden: Brill, 2015. p. 172, n. 28.



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