National Geographic : 1956 Nov
c) National Geographic Society 648 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection, loan) JUAN DE FLANDES (active 1496-1519?), Hispano-Flemish * The Nativity Sixteenth-century painters often wandered from place to place seeking commissions; the names of many are unknown. Juan de Flandes was simply a Spanish nickname, meaning John of Flanders, for an artist who served as court painter to Queen Isabella. This panel, which telescopes the manger scene with distant shepherds hearing the good news, once decorated the high altar of the parish church of San Lazaro in Spain's Palencia Province. The owl is a symbol for Christ.