FCO-2452

Nativity SceneIllustration

1931

code

FCO-2452

CR Number

241

dimensions

56.7 x 36.4 cm

Art Form

Drawing

Art Medium

watercolorIndia ink pen

Artwork Surface

paper
Mentioned By

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Title
Nativity Scene
Description
Composition in black tones, white, blue, red, violet, green, yellow and earthy. Contour lines and shading. Mary and baby Jesus surrounded by ox, donkey, angels and star in the sky. In the center of the composition, under small rise suggesting hill, Our Lady of front face tilted to the left and folded hands. It halo round the head, wears violet veil and green tunic. In front of you, Baby Jesus lying horizontally with the head to the left and feet to the right. The boy is naked, surrounded by a halo represented by yellow shading. On the left, next to the boy's head, blue ox back foot slightly to the right. On the right red donkey standing in profile to the left. In the air, just above the figures and flanking them, two profile angels, one facing the other. On the right of Our Lady, head angel, facing, with open wings. On the floor next to the Infant Jesus, three flowers with long stems and colorful petals. In heaven, the center, above the head of Our Lady, Star defined by outer blue shading.
Award
This is one of the artist’s first three illustrations to be published. See also the works “The Flight to Egypt” [FCO 2312] and “A Christmas Night” [FCO 4854].
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Artwork Function
IllustrationArtworkFunctionType
Artwork Function Description
Illustration for the poem “Natal,” by Candido Portinari, published in “Bazar” magazine
Art Form
DrawingArtFormType
Art Medium
watercolorArtMediumType
India ink penArtMediumType
Artwork Surface
paperArtworkSurfaceType
Height
36.4
Width
56.7
Annotation
Signed and dated in middle of bottom half "C.PORTINARI 931"
Annotation Family
On reverse, inscription by Maria Portinari "‘Presépio’ aquarela e nanquim, de autoria de Candido Portinari. Autenticada por Maria Victoria Portinari”.
Annotation Others
On reverse, inscriptions "RESERV”, "RESERVA” and "clichê 25 de larg.”; lines in varied directions. In top left corner, circular embossing with inscription "RASTRON”.

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