The Nativity
This painting is part of the group: High Altarpiece, S. Alessandro, Brescia

This is one of the panels of the high altarpiece of the church of S. Alessandro, Brescia.

The solemnity of the central scene of the Nativity is relieved by a vision of rejoicing angels occupying the upper part of the panel. On either side, panels depict Saint Alessandro (lower left) and Saint Jerome in penitence (lower right) with his lion, a stone and a crucifix. Above these lateral panels are Saint Gaudioso (upper left) and Saint Filippo Benizzi (upper right). The strongly Venetian character of Romanino's work is most apparent in the heroic and richly coloured figure of Saint Alessandro, who is in the place of honour, at the right hand of the Holy Family, as befits the patron saint of the church.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1484 - about 1560
Full title
The Nativity
Group
Date made
about 1524
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
265 x 117.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
NG297.1
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: High Altarpiece, S. Alessandro, Brescia

Painting
Girolamo Romanino
about 1524
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Alexander'
Painting
Girolamo Romanino
about 1524
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Jerome'
Painting
Girolamo Romanino
about 1524
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Gaudioso'
Painting
Girolamo Romanino
about 1524
Girolamo Romanino: 'Saint Filippo Benizzi'