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The Nativity
Panel from an altarpiece showing the Nativity

Panel from an altarpiece; companion to a panel in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 757) and a panel in the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes, Zaragoza (8)

Attributed to Miquel Alcanyís, Spanish (active Valencia and Mallorca), active 1408 - 1447. Formerly attributed to Marçal de Sas, Andrés, German (active Spain), c. 1394 - 1410.

Made in Spain, Europe

Early 1420s

Tempera and tooled gold on panel

33 1/2 × 11 inches (85.1 × 27.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 311, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 756

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This painting, still in its original frames, was once part of a small altarpiece that consisted of three panels, called a triptych. The third panel, which depicts the annunciation, is in a museum in Saragossa, Spain.

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