Gentile da Fabriano
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
The Cloisters, New York City
This painting combines the "Madonna of Humility" iconographic type, in which Mary sits on the ground and adores the Christ child, with Nativity iconography: St. Joseph on the left with his staff, and above him
the shepherds on the mountain hearing the angel's announcement.
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Photographed at the Cloisters by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.