The Adoration of the Christ Child

Workshop of the Master of Frankfurt Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 953

The newborn Christ Child, encircled by an adoring group that includes his mother and father, shepherds, animals and angels, lies naked in a manger. Adoration scenes, many influenced by the visionary account of Saint Bridget of Sweden (ca. 1303 – 1373), were painted for the open market in Antwerp. This picture, unlike other extant examples associated with the Master of Frankfurt and his workshop, does not depict the scene under the night sky, a feature that reduces the dramatic effect of the scene. Yet other elements, like the streaming hair of several angels, lends the picture a feeling of flickering movement.

The Adoration of the Christ Child, Workshop of the Master of Frankfurt (Netherlandish, active Antwerp, ca. 1496–1518), Oil on oak panel, Netherlandish

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