The Birth of the Virgin

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1425 - about 1450
Full title
The Birth of the Virgin
Date made
about 1440
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
31.9 x 50.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Viscount Rothermere, 1940
Inventory number
Location in Gallery