The Nativity

Object Details

Title:

The Nativity

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Ottonian

Place(s):

Mainz Germany Fulda Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1025 - 1050

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold on parchment

See more

See less

The Virgin Mary reclines on a large, luxurious bed while the newborn Jesus rests in a cradle behind and Joseph sits at the right, lost in thought. This Nativity is set in a cave, evoking the site in Bethlehem that pilgrims revered as the place of Jesus' birth. Six angels peer over the entrance to the cave to see the baby Jesus within. In the top half of the miniature, an angel announces the birth of the Messiah to two shepherds tending their animals against a striped background of green and blue, meant to evoke grass and the sky.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Monasteries and Manuscripts (April 21 to July 5, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 21 to July 5, 1987
The Crucifixion in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (January 30 to April 7, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to April 7, 1996
Byzantium and the West (September 14 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14, 2004 to December 5, 2003