Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas in Art from Around the World

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).



Bon Natale!

Feliz Navidad!

Joyeux Noël!


May you enjoy the blessings of the season -
The New York Arts Exchange.




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