Artist: Zanobi Strozzi (Italian, Florence 1412–1468 Florence)
Medium: Tempera and gold on wood
Dimensions: Overall, with engaged frame, 15 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (38.7 x 29.2 cm); painted surface 13 x 9 1/8 in. (33 x 23.2 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1924
Accession Number: 24.22
Although long ascribed to Fra Angelico, this enchanting Nativity is probably by his pupil Zanobi Strozzi, who is especially known for his manuscript illuminations. The scene is from the base (predella) of an altarpiece. Especially the arc of angels, beautifully choreographed and dressed in a pleasing array of pastel-colored robes enhanced by gold decorations, is typical of Zanobi’s essentially decorative style. The altarpiece may date to about 1430–35.
See metmuseum.org/collections for a reconstruction of the altarpiece.