On the left a tall thin bearded man (Saint Joseph) with a domed bald head, wearing red drapery over a grey-blue robe, holds a lantern in his left hand. On the right a woman (the Virgin Mary), wearing a slate-blue dress and white veil over her head kneels to pray over a small baby the Christ Child) lying on the edge of her robe on the ground. Behind her, poking their heads through an open-sided shed are a horned bull and an odd-looking braying donkey with a tapir-like nose. In the background is a barren hilly landscape with sheep and leafless trees and an angel in the sky. The painting has an round arched top.