The Nativity by Bartolomeo Biscaino (mid 17th century)

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Nativity Scene with Saint Anne by Tintoretto (1570)

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The Nativity with Donors and Saints Jerome and Leonard by Gerard David (1510-15)

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Nativity (Life of the Virgin) by Albrecht Durer (1502)

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Light of the World (Nativity) by Francois Boucher (1750)

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Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry: Octobre

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Judith Beheading Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi (c. 1611-2)

It does not surprise me that the most graphic depiction I’ve seen so far was also by a woman!

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Judith and Holofernes by Lavinia Fontana (c. 1592-4)

From sea monsters, I have turned to be seriously fixated on the representation of women in Renaissance and Baroque art. I find Lavinia Fontana’s art intriguing because of her unique perspective of being a woman depicting famous figures of her own gender. I have many thoughts on the depictions of heroic women as static and a lot of other things swirling around in my head but I don’t know if any of them are worth saying because I’m sure they’ve all been said before. I need to find some books on this!

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