The Nativity

The figure on the left is a midwife. In the background an angel announces the birth of Christ to the shepherds.

This was the central predella panel of an altarpiece by the Master of the Castello Nativity in Prato (Museo del Duomo). Two other predella panels of the altarpiece have been identified (Philadelphia, Johnson Collection). The altarpiece came from the church of SS Giusto e Clemente at Faltugnano.

Key facts

Artist dates
active mid 15th century
Full title
The Nativity
Date made
about 1457
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
22.2 x 66.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Henry Howorth through the Art Fund in memory of Lady Howorth, 1922
Inventory number
Location in Gallery