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ID number: BIRBI-65.7
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Rosselli, Cosimo (1439-1507)
Title / Object name: The Adoration of the Child Jesus
Object type: Painting
Place made: Rome
Date made: 1480s
Materials: Tempera on wood
Measurements: 177.8 x 149.5 cm
Provenance: Northwick collection, Thirlestane House, Cheltenham; sale, 26 July 1859 (lot 550), as by D. Ghirlandaio, purchased by Lord Northwick for £21; purchased from the estate of Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill in 1965 for £10,000.
A complex group of figures is gathered within a beautiful landscape. Three saints surround the infant Christ: Jerome with his chest bared; Francis in the grey habit; and Benedict in the dark robe. In the foreground, the three Magi with their gifts kneel in adoration. Above, are God the Father and the dove which symbolises the Holy Spirit. In the hills to the left, an angel appears to the shepherds.
This is the main panel of an altarpiece. The incomplete figure of Saint Joseph to the right indicates that the panel has been cut and reshaped.
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