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Saint Bridget's Vision of the Nativity [center]; Virgin and Child [base]; Annunciate Angel and Saints Anthony Abbot, Catherine of Alexandria, Nicholas of Bari, and James Major [left wing]; Virgin Annunciate and the Crucifixion [right wing]


Niccolò di Tommaso, Italian (active Florence, Naples, and Pistoia), c. 1346 - 1376

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe

c. 1375-1376

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

25 × 20 7/16 inches (63.5 × 51.9 cm) Other (Left wing): 21 1/16 x 5 inches (53.5 x 12.7 cm) Other (Right wing): 21 1/16 x 5 1/16 inches (53.5 x 12.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor (Giorgi Family Foundation Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 120

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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While on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem in 1371–72, Saint Bridget of Sweden (1302–1373) had a vision of the Nativity of Christ. Her description of this vision became a popular subject in Italian paintings. This Florentine artist probably met Saint Bridget in Naples around 1372. He depicts her in prayer in the lower right corner of the central panel.

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