• The Nativity
  • c. 1473-1475
  • Sandro Botticelli
  • Italian (Florentine)
  • 1444-1510
  • Fresco transferred to canvas
  • Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • CMA 1954.29

This delicate painting was painted by the master, Botticelli, and is filled with the charm of Renaissance Florentine art. Painted as a fresco, it was detached early in the 20th century and mounted on a canvas support. It is one of the artist's early works and is considered a very important piece because of its aesthetic value as well as its historical significance in regard to the development of the style of the master. It shows the influence of two artists - Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469), a teacher of Botticelli and Lippi's son Filippino (1457/8-1504), one of Botticelli's students.