The design, which is probably Venetian in origin, is known in several versions. One has been attributed to Tintoretto.

This picture may have been executed in the Veneto. The date is uncertain.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1518 - 1594
Full title
The Nativity
Date made
about 1590
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
95.3 x 118 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Henry Howorth through The Art Fund, in memory of Lady Howorth, 1922
Inventory number
NG3647
Location in Gallery