The Arrival in Bethlehem

Master of the Brussels Calling of Saint Matthew

Not on view

In this picture, the viewer is invited to travel along with Joseph and Mary, who set out on their journey at the lower left. Farther along their way they are shown in the village, at an inn where they are refused entry. At the far right they appear again, kneeling in a courtyard in adoration of the newborn Christ. The development of landscape painting as an independent genre advances in this picture beyond the works of Patinir, since the religious narrative is more fully integrated into the extensive landscape. It is unfinished, and the underdrawing is easily seen with the naked eye.

#2624. The Arrival in Bethlehem

The Arrival in Bethlehem, Master of the Brussels Calling of Saint Matthew (Netherlandish, Antwerp, active second quarter 16th century), Oil on wood

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