Nativity with Saint Bernard and Saint Alberic

Ludovico Mazzolino

Ferrara, c. 1480 – 1528/30

Oil on panel, cm 219 x 176,5

Inv. 150

The Pinacoteca Nazionale, Ferrara

This altarpiece is one of Mazzolino’s most important early works. Later, he produced smaller paintings that were highly prized by collectors. The clear outlines and contrasting lighting of the figures and background, the ancient architecture covered with friezes and low relief, the hooked noses of the male figures, and the landscapes taken from German engravings are all typical of this eccentric, anti-classical artist, who inherited the legacy of the fifteenth-century Ferrarese masters.