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The Nativity

Arthur Hughes

The Nativity
4 0 c m
actual image size: 18cm x 32cm


Young Mary kneels in the centre of the composition winding a white cloth around an infant Christ who is held by an angel on the right. Mary wears a white robe and her long red hair falls loosely over her shoulders. An angel on the left holds a lamp to aid Mary. In the background is a manger and the floor is strewn with straw. The wings of the angels frame the bottom of the composition. At the top of the image is a hole in the ceiling through which can be seen the heads of three angels.

Image Details

612mm x 358mm
Oil and gold leaf on canvas.
Purchased, 1891.
Accession Number

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