Nativity of the Madonna of Spineta

Nativity of the Madonna of Spineta

2017 Restoration, restored by Ohio Members, Mr. and Mrs. Umberto Fedeli, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Spitalieri

There is a lot of mystery shrouding the life of the artist responsible for this altarpiece. His nickname “Spaniard” seems to indicate that he may have had Iberian roots.

In the foreground of the painting, the Christ child is laid on the ground on a cushion, worshipped by Mary, Joseph, and a pair of angels on bended knee behind the Holy Family. Behind the group on the left, a shepherd advances, accompanied by another giving homage, while the countryside opens up on the right, revealing an ox and an ass. Further back, the procession of the Magi is centered in the painting and to their left, an angel is seen announcing the birth to the shepherds. Among the clouds, angels sing praises to the Most High, reading music from a parchment.

The restoration work included pest control, strengthening of the back-support system, cleaning and removal of previous interventions, repair of the cracks and fissures, repair and touch up of paint and gilt surfaces, application of new varnishes and photographic documentation.

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