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Title Nativity
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist After Dürer, Albrecht (German printmaker and painter, 1471-1528)
Attributed to Bles, Herri met de (Flemish painter, born ca. 1510, died after 1550)
Date Earliest about 1535
Date Latest about 1550
Signed yes
Description This painting is a copy of Dürer's Little Nativity. Bles has been identified with Herry de Patinir, who was a master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1535. He often 'signed' his works with an owl as can be seen in this painting although this is not an entirely reliable method of attribution. For this reason, he was known as Civetta in Italy where his works were very popular.
Current Accession Number 1960P61
Former Accession Number P.61´60
Subject religion (Nativity)
Measurements 66.0 x 52.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir Charles Leonard Woolley 1960.
Provenance L. A. Waters; Caines Waters sale, Salisbury, 12 June 1953, bought by Woolley
Principal Exhibitions Flemish Art, Royal Academy, London, 1953-4, cat. no. 107.
Publications Grossmann, F., Burlington Magazine, vol. 96, 1954, p. 48, fig. 17; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 9, ill.
Notes Sir Charles Leonard Woolley, Kingsworthy Court, Winchester, Hants.

Signed with an owl. Durer's engraving is dated 1504.

On back, on frame, label 1, 'L. A. Waters/ No. 1/1908'. Label 2, '237 The Nativity, Durer'.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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