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Master of the Osservanza: 'The Birth of the Virgin'

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The central panel of the triptych shows the newly born Virgin Mary being washed by midwives in the foreground, with her mother Saint Anne in the bed. In the left wing Saint Joachim is told the news of the birth; in the right wing two women are seen in a domestic setting. The source is 'The Golden Legend'.

The painting is somewhat damaged, and the panels have been reassembled: the cornice mouldings in the picture would originally have lined up.

The picture was formerly attributed to Sano di Pietro and to Sassetta.

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