Nativity

Bernardo Castello (Italian, 1557-1629)

Currently on View in H214
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Bernardo Castello was the leading painter in Genoa after the departure of Luca Cambiaso for Rome in 1583. Like Cambiaso, he worked in an eclectic, Counter-Mannerist style, painting religious narratives exemplified by their clarity and legibility.

In this work, the story of the annunciation to the shepherds is rendered in captivating detail and spectacular, high-keyed color. In an unusual interpretation of the event, the darkness of night is transformed by a torrent of heavenly light as a host of angels physically escort the shepherds to the place of Christ's birth.

Object Information

artist
Bernardo Castello (Italian, 1557-1629)
creation date
about 1620
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
47-3/4 x 38-1/2 in.
accession number
66.232
credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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