The Nativity

Antoniazzo Romano (Antonio di Benedetto Aquilio) Italian

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This work was painted about 1482—when a team of Florentine and Umbrian painters were decorating the walls of the Sistine Chapel. Antoniazzo, a native of Rome, responded especially to the presence of Perugino and Ghirlandaio. He sets his depiction of the nativity—one of three scenes from the base (predella) of an altarpiece—in a landscape suggestive of Lazio, the region around Rome.

The Nativity, Antoniazzo Romano (Antonio di Benedetto Aquilio) (Italian, Rome 1435/40–1508 Rome), Tempera on wood

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