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Desco da parto (Masaccio)

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This painting, also known as the Berlin Tondo, is a desco da parto, or birthing-tray painted by the Italian Renaissance artist Masaccio, c. 1427–1428, though the work is regarded as from his workshop or by a "follower" by many recent scholars.

Masaccio - Desco da parto.jpg
MediumTempera on wood
Dimensions56 cm diameter (22 in)
LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin

While the birth of Jesus, and that of his mother, were very common scenes in religious art, and often used contemporary settings and costumes, actual depictions of a contemporary childbirth were very rare.