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Detail from The Nativity with Donors and Saints Jerome and Leonard

In this detail from the central panel of Gerard David’s Nativity with Saints Jerome and Leonard and Donors, Mary and Joseph adore the Christ Child, who lies in a manger filled with wheat. The eucharistic symbolism is reinforced by the prominent placement of a wheat sheaf in the foreground of the picture. The ears of grain in the manger and the stray ears that have slipped from the sheaf are rendered in minute detail.

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