Christmas In Art

ANGELICO, Fra The Adoration of the Magi c. 1445 Panel, diameter 137,4 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

ANGELICO, Fra. The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1445
Panel, diameter 137,4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

The Nativity of Jesus has been a major subject of Christian art since the 4th century. The artistic depictions of the Nativity or birth of Jesus, celebrated at Christmas, are based on the narratives in the Bible, in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and further elaborated by written, oral and artistic tradition. (Nativity of  Jesus in art.  Wikipedia.)

My personal favorites are the masterpieces of Early Renaissance:

PERUGINO, Pietro Nativity (Il Presepio) 1506-10 Oil on wood, 263 x 147 cm Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Perugia

PERUGINO, Pietro. Nativity (Il Presepio), 1506-10
Oil on wood, 263 x 147 cm
Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia

DIAMANTE, Fra The Nativity 1465-70 Panel, 166 x 166 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris

DIAMANTE, Fra. The Nativity, 1465-70
Panel, 166 x 166 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

GHIRLANDAIO, Domenico Adoration of the Shepherds 1483-85 Panel, 167 x 167 cm Santa Trinità, Florence

GHIRLANDAIO, Domenico. Adoration of the Shepherds, 1483-85
Panel, 167 x 167 cm
Santa Trinità, Florence

LIPPI, Fra Filippo Nativity 1467-69 Fresco Duomo, Spoleto

LIPPI, Fra Filippo. Nativity, 1467-69
Fresco
Duomo, Spoleto

LIPPI, Fra Filippo View of the Apse of the Cathedral 1467-69 Fresco Cathedral, Spoleto

LIPPI, Fra Filippo. View of the Apse of the Cathedral, 1467-69
Fresco
Cathedral, Spoleto

GHIRLANDAIO, Domenico Nativity c. 1492 Tempera on panel, 85 x 63 cm Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

GHIRLANDAIO, Domenico, Nativity, c. 1492
Tempera on panel, 85 x 63 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA Nativity 1470-75 Oil on poplar panel, 124 x 123 cm National Gallery, London

PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA. Nativity, 1470-75
Oil on poplar panel, 124 x 123 cm
National Gallery, London

PIETRO DI GIOVANNI D'AMBROGIO Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1445 Tempera on wood Museo d'Arte Sacra, Asciano

PIETRO DI GIOVANNI D’AMBROGIO. Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1445
Tempera on wood
Museo d’Arte Sacra, Asciano

Merry Christmas!

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