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On the occasion of the Christmas festivities, the Vatican Library is pleased to present a small sample of the graphic materials in its collections, with a Christmas theme. This is a group of engravings from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, kept in the Library’s Cabinet of Engravings.
With these precious works of art which invite us to contemplate the Mystery of Christmas, we send our best wishes for a peaceful and joyful Christmas to all.


Albrecht Dürer (Nuremberg 1471-1528)
Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1504
xylography [BAV, Stampe.V.79(118)]

Cherubino Alberti (Borgo San Sepolcro 1553-Rome 1615)
from Giovan Battista di Jacopo (“il Rosso Fiorentino”)
Adoration of the Magi, 1574
burin [BAV, Stampe.IV.162]

Pietro Testa (“il Luccesino”) (Lucca 1612-Rome 1650)
Adoration of the Magi, 1636-1638
etching [BAV, Stampe.V.1(110)]

Jacques Bellange (Nancy 1594?-1638?)
Adoration of the Magi, [first half of the seventeenth c.]
etching [BAV, Stampe.V.130(102)]

Carlo Antonio Sacchi (Pavia c. 1616-1706)
from Jacopo Robusti (“il Tintoretto”)
Adoration of the Shepherds, [c. 1649]
etching [BAV, Stampe.IV.175]

Bartolomeo Biscaino (Genova c. 1632-1657)
Nativity with adoration of the angels, [c. 1650]
etching [BAV, Stampe.V.1(119)]


Rembrandt Harmenszoon van rijn (Leyda 1606-Amsterdam 1669)
Adoration of the Shepherds with the Lamp, 1654
etching [BAV, Stampe.V.98(3)]

Francesco Giovani (Roma 1611-1669) from Carlo Maratti
Adoration of the Shepherds , [c. 1660]
etching [BAV, Stampe.V.26(33)]

Giuseppe Rosaspina (Bologna 1765-1823)
from Francesco Francia su disegno di Francesco Rosaspina
Manger Scene with Saints and Portraits, 1818-1829
burin [BAV, R.G.ArteArch.S. 269(29)]

Bartolomeo Pinelli (Roma 1781-1835)
The Manger Scene in Aracoeli, 1821
etching [BAV, Stampe.IV.2(28)

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