The icon of the Nativity of Christ from the National Museum of Serbia, as a Greek work, probably comes from Venice. This is indicated by the central compositional scheme on a gold base and a limited number of participants in the composition, as in the old paintings of the Venetian School, influential during the 14th and 15th centuries. In the work of the “creator” of Italo-Cretan art, the painter Angelos, the influence of Paolo Veneziano, who was inspired by Byzantine art and so close to that way of painting, can be recognized. The connection of our icon with Western iconography is also indicated by the absence of a depiction of the Bathing of the Child. At the expense of this motif, our painter expanded his lovely pastoral scene.

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