Figure 26

Flémalle group, Nativity, c. 1430, oil, gold leaf, and shell gold on oak, 84.1 x 69.9 cm. Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon (photograph: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY). The sun and the Christ Child’s halo rays are mordant gilded; the Virgin’s hem decoration and the clothing of the good midwife are highlighted with shell gold.

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