The Nativity by Parmigianino

The first and only known cartoon by Parmigianino (in 1953), on grey-blue paper, pricked for transfer.


Pen & wash in brown ink over black chalk, heightened with white
39 x 32 cm
Art Fund grant:
£300 ( Total: £300)
Acquired in:
Mrs Frohlich

It contains very unusual iconographical features, depicting the kneeling figure of St. Anthony of Padua on the right facing St Joseph and the Shepherds, and the Virgin borne aloft on clouds; significance not known.


Hudson; Montmorillon (sale, Munich 1853); Anton Schmid, Vienna 1904.

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