Roque de Balduque

The Cáceres Altarpiece: Detail, the Birth of the Virgin Mary

Cáceres Cathedral, Cáceres, Spain

Balduque has modernized the subject somewhat by replacing the traditional washing basin with an elegant cradle, complete with rocker rails. Although an innovation, this is consonant with the tradition of presenting the birthing chamber as a sumptuous space in a wealthy person's home.

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.