Jaume Ferrer / The Nativity / c. 1457Jaume Ferrer
The Nativity
c. 1457

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Creator Name: Ferrer, Jaume
Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1850 - 1924
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Jaume Ferrer
Title: The Nativity
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1452
Creation End Date: 1462
Creation Date: c. 1457
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil, tempera, and gold on wood panel (fir)
Dimensions: Unframed: 172.7cm x 124.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1953.660.2
Credit Line: Gift of Francis Ginn, Marian Ginn Jones, Barbara Ginn Griesinger, and Alexander Ginn in memory of Frank Hadley Ginn and Cornelia Root Ginn
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Frank H. Ginn, Cleveland (1938)
Context: These two pictures were components of a large altarpiece probably dedicated to the Virgin. Spanish works like these, often feature elaborate treatment of the gold background, evident here in the exuberant raised decoration (called pastiglia) in the skies and haloes, as well as other details such as the vase of lilies in the Annunciation.The NativityAs a symbol of his domination over the world, Christ holds an orb in His left hand; with His right, He bestows a blessing. Christ lies on folds of the Virgin's cloak as she kneels above Him in rapt adoration. Using the wattle fence almost as a church pew, two shepherds express humble piety; one removes his hat, and the other clasps his mittened hands in prayer.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1953.660.2
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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