MASTER of Flémalle
(b. ca. 1375, Valenciennes, d. 1444, Tournai)

The Nativity (detail)

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon

Joseph, who had been a figure of mockery throughout the Middle Ages and even as recently as Broederlam, is here presented as a venerable old man. He holds a candle in one hand, and with the other shelters its flame from the wind.