Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Annunciation. 1898
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Archangel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary to announce that she will bear the Holy Child.
Dirk Bouts, The Visitation, c. 1445
Museo del Prado, Madrid
The pregnant Virgin Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, already pregnant with St. John the Baptist.
Byzantine, Journey to Bethlehem, 11th century, mosaic
Church of Chora, Istanbul,
Joseph leads his wife Mary to Bethlehem for the census to pay taxes.
Woonbo Kim Ki-Chang (1914-2001), The Nativity, 1952-53
Seoul Museum, South Korea
The birth of Jesus outside the inn where Mary and Joseph could not find lodging in Bethlehem.
Jacopo Bassano, Adoration of the Shepherds (detail), c. 1590-91
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
And a star appeared in the heavens that brought all from far and near to the manger where the Baby Jesus lay.
Ethiopian artist, Adoration of the Magi, n.d.,
Courtesy of Patrick Comerford
The Three Wise Men or Three Kings brought gold, frankincense and myrrh (celebrated on the feast of the Epiphany is on January 6th).
May you enjoy the blessings of the season -
The New York Arts Exchange.