ancona-nativita Altarpiece of the Nativity, Della Robbia, XVI century. credit: Massimo Pia

The work shows the classic motif of the Nativity of Christ but, in addition to the Holy Family, there is Saint Girolamo (alongside Joseph) and the Franciscan Michele Turignoli from Barga (alongside Maria)

above, two angels play the flute while a third holds the scroll of music for the Gloria in excelsis Deo. Below, in the predella, there is the risen Christ between Mary and Saint John and at the sides there are four figures in prayer: Saint Anthony of Padua (left), Saint Bernardino of Siena (right) and two lay people (perhaps those who commissioned the work).


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