European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Saint Bridget's Vision of the Nativity [center]; Virgin and Child [base]; Annunciate Angel and Saints Anthony Abbot, Catherine of Alexandria, Nicholas of Bari, and James Major [left wing]; Virgin Annunciate and the Crucifixion [right wing]
Niccolò di Tommaso, Italian (active Florence, Naples, and Pistoia), c. 1346 - 1376
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
Cat. 120John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelWhile on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem in 1371–72, Saint Bridget of Sweden (1302–1373) had a vision of the Nativity of Christ. Her description of this vision became a popular subject in Italian paintings. This Florentine artist probably met Saint Bridget in Naples around 1372. He depicts her in prayer in the lower right corner of the central panel.
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