The Nativity

Attributed to Zanobi Strozzi Italian

Not on view

Although long ascribed to Fra Angelico, this enchanting Nativity is probably by his pupil Zanobi Strozzi, who is especially known for his manuscript illuminations. The scene is from the base (predella) of an altarpiece. Especially the arc of angels, beautifully choreographed and dressed in a pleasing array of pastel-colored robes enhanced by gold decorations, is typical of Zanobi’s essentially decorative style. The altarpiece may date to about 1430–35. For more information about this painting, including a reconstruction of the altarpiece, visit

The Nativity, Attributed to Zanobi Strozzi (Italian, Florence 1412–1468 Florence), Tempera and gold on wood

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