(b. 1579, Venezia, d. 1620, Venezia)

The Birth of Christ

c. 1610
Oil on canvas
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

Saraceni is a difficult artist to define. He was essentially eclectic, with an unusual skill in brushwork almost akin to that of a northerner. He assimilated many influences, ranging from Caravaggio to the German Elsheimer.