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An image of The Nativity by Giorgio Ghisi, after Agnolo Bronzino

Giorgio Ghisi

(Italy 1520 or 1524 – 1582)

after Agnolo Bronzino

(Italy 17 Nov 1503 – 23 Nov 1572)

The Nativity
Other titles:
The shepherds adoring the Infant Jesus
Media category
Materials used
upper sheet 1/2 & lower sheet 2/4

63.7 x 43.6 cm image/sheet overall (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1938
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In 1550 Ghisi was invited to Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock, the leading northern publisher of the period. This is one of the five large engravings Ghisi made for Cock's publishing house. It reproduces at virtually the same size a panel painting by Bronzino, executed in the late 1530s for Filippo d'Averardo Salviati of Florence. Ghisi added a number of details to the composition such as the walled town in the background and the wreaths held by two angels. In later states the wreaths contain verses in praise of Our Lady.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 7. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (3)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006