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The Nativity Triptych
Master of the Zarzoso Triptych
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Master of the Zarzoso Triptych

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The Nativity Triptych

Ca. 1450. Tempera on panel.
Room 052A

This triptych is by a northern painter who trained in the International Gothic style and was familiar with Netherlandish painting. The central panel depicts the Nativity; on the left are the Birth of the Virgin and the Assumption of the Virgin; and on the right the Presentation in the Temple and the Adoration of the Magi. On the reverse of the wing panels are Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint James the Greater on the left, and Saint Dominic and Saint John the Baptist on the right. The triptych was in the monastery of Nuestra Señora de Portaceli in Zarzoso (Salamanca), founded in 1444 by don Gómez de Benavides. The presence of the coats-of-arms of the Zúñiga and Osorio families suggests that it was not originally intended for that monastery.

Technical data

Inventory number
Master of the Zarzoso Triptych
The Nativity Triptych
Ca. 1450
Height: 136.5 cm; Width: 152 cm
Monasterio del Zarzoso, El Cabaco (Salamanca), tertiary Franciscan nuns, from an unspecified date; entered the Várez Fisa Collection, shortly before 1970; on deposit at the Museo del Prado since December 2013; acquired from Várez Fisa Collection by the Museo del Prado, with funds from the Legacy of the Villaescusa, Madrid, 2014

Bibliography +

Gudiol, J., El Tríptico del Zarzoso, Archivo español de arte, 171, 1970, pp. 321-327.

Silva, Pilar, Donación Várez Fisa, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 30-33.

Alba, L. García-Máiquez, J. Gayo, M. D. Jover, M. Silva, P., Las prácticas artísticas de los pintores ''hispanoflamencos'' en la Corona de Castilla en el siglo XV, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXXII, 2014, pp. 122-147 [132, 142].

Silva, P, Maestro del Tríptico del Zarzoso 'Tríptico del Nacimiento de Jesús' En: Memoria de actividades 2014, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 16-19.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2897.

Location +

Room 052A (On Display)


Displayed objects +

Scores / Written Music

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Update date: 06-09-2022 | Registry created on 19-04-2016

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