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The fascinating story behind one of the best-loved depictions of the Nativity

15 December 2018

9:00 AM

15 December 2018

9:00 AM

In the early 1370s an elderly Scandinavian woman living in Rome had a vision of the Nativity. Her name was Birgitta Birgersdotter, and she was later venerated as St Bridget of Sweden. In her account of the experience, transcribed by her confessor, she described herself as an eye witness. Her narrative began: ‘When I was present by the manger of the Lord in Bethlehem…’

Around a century later, Piero della Francesca (c.1412–92)

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