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The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)
The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)

The painting was given to Philip IV by Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1656. It is unusual for being painted on a vitreous paste called aventurine, which acts as the background to the composition. It originally had an ornate silver and lapis lazuli frame, now lost, and was highly esteemed by the King, who displayed it in the Oratory of the Cuarto bajo in the Alcázar in Madrid.

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