LE NAIN brothers
(b. 1598/1610, Laon, d. Louis and Antoine: 1648, Mathieu: 1677, Paris)

Birth of the Virgin

c. 1645
Oil on canvas, 220 x 145 cm
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

The Le Nain brothers are considered, above all, painters of peasant scenes. Nonetheless, secular compositions, such as the Bacchus and Ariadne, are painted in the full, solid style typical of the Le Nains.

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