Duccio di Buon Insegna, The Nativity

1308-11
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

The men in the side panels are Isaiah on the left and Ezekiel on the right, each with a scroll bearing what was taken to be a prophecy of the birth of Christ. According to the museum, Isaiah's scroll reads ECCE VIRGO CONCIPIET [et] PARIET FILIU[M] [et] VOCABITUR NOMEN EIUS [E]MANUE[L], "Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). Ezekiel's reads VIDI PORTA[M] I[N] DOMO D[OMI]NI CLAUSA[M] VIR NO[N] TR[AN]SIBIT P[ER] EA[M] DOMIN[US] SOLUS I[N]TRAT ET[?] IT [?] P[ER] EA[M], "I saw a door in the house of the Lord which was closed and no man went through it. The Lord only enters and goes through it (see Ezekiel 44:2)

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Source: National Gallery