Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Nativity
Alternate Title:
Adoration of the Christ Child
Image View:
Central detail, Mary, Christ Child, Joseph and the two midwives
Creator:
Jacques Daret (Flemish painter, ca. 1400-ca. 1468)
Location:
repository: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid, Madrid, Spain) Inv. no. 124 (1935.17)
Location Note:
Paseo del Prado, 8
GPS:
40.416111-3.695
Date:
ca. 1434-1435 (creation)
Cultural Context:
Flemish
Style Period:
Fifteenth century; Renaissance
Work Type 1:
painting (visual work)
Classification:
Paintings
Material:
oil paint on wood panel
Technique:
oil painting (technique)
Measurements:
59.5 cm (height) x 53 cm (width)
Subjects:
animal; New Testament; Angels; Joseph, Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; birth; midwives; midwifery; Northern Renaissance
Description:
Daret was a popular and influential painter in his time. Today he is primarily known for having trained at Tournai and for being a pupil of Robert Campin. The subject is taken from the Apocryphal Gospels of the Nativity, in particular from the Gospel of the Pseudo-Matthew. This text recounts how Joseph went in search of the two midwives to assist the Virgin but by the time they arrived she had already given birth. The midwives entered the cave where the birth had taken place. The first to enter was Zelomi who acknowledged the virginity of Mary, followed by Salome, who doubted the miracle and attempted to verify it for herself. As a punishment, her hands were paralyzed. Daret depicts the moment when Salome reaches out to touch the Christ Child, who cured her according to the apocryphal text. (Source: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum [website]; https://www.museothy ssen.org/en/)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
7A1-DARET-TBM-TN-A02
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Nativity