Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • The Nativity, early 1480s
    Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523)
    Oil on wood; Overall 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (47.6 x 34.3 cm), painted surface 18 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (47 x 34 cm)
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.40a)

    The homely and naive figure types and especially the geometric simplification of the heads of the Virgin and the angels reflect models the artist knew from his early training in the northern Netherlands. Already present is the characteristic combination of serene landscape, simple architectural setting, and meditative figures that would contribute to David's popularity.

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  • The Nativity, early 1480s
    Gerard David (Netherlandish, ca. 1455–1523)
    Oil on wood; Overall 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (47.6 x 34.3 cm), painted surface 18 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (47 x 34 cm)
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.40a)

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