A VENETO-CRETAN ICON OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST

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The scene depicted on a horizontal panel, the mountainous landscape serving to isolate a number of incidentsthe Magi following the star, St. Joseph tempted by the devil in the guise of a shepherd, and women washing the child in an elaborate receptacleat the centre of the panel the Virgin lies on an extended mattress at the mouth of a cave within which the child is laid beside an ox and an ass, c. 1600.