Annunciation, Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds
From: Pistoia, Italy
This artwork depicts the birth of Jesus, a commonly depicted scene from the New Testament of the Bible. This particular representation arranges the figures loosely around the reclining Mary. The figures seem to portray a nervous agitation, as if moved by spiritual passion, this can be seen by the many posture of the people represented. This particular artwork was done in a French Gothic style, characteristic of Giovanni Pisano, son of Nicola Pisano, who worked in a classical style. Both Father and son worked many scenes like this one. This scene in particular is much like the fathers work Annunciation, Nativity, and the Adoration of the Shepherds.
Why This Artwork?
This artwork was chosen to show the particular styles of the Proto-Renaissance in their relief artworks. This is important as it shows the transition from more Gothic styles, into its own recognizable style, with this being the in between.