Dec.

25

The Nativity

FEDERICO BAROCCI
The Nativity, 1597
oil on canvas

For Christmas Day, we thought we’d share this depiction of the birth of Christ on display at the Museo Prado in Madrid, one of our all-time favorite museums. In this nativity, Federico Barocci captured a maternal Mary using a technique called mystic naturalism to highlight how the heavenly child illuminates his loving mother’s face.

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