A picture is worth a thousand words. For today's post, I've collected a few images of the Holy Nativity, courtesy of the masters, and decided to let them have their say, with little commentary of my own. None of them are first-hand accounts of the birth of Christ, since there is no record of any artist being present. Collectively, however, they point to the wonder of God's love – that He was born as a Child, that He saved us helpless sinners through His death and resurrection, and that He claims us as His own dear children.
|Detail of Nativity Icon (Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem)|
|Nativity. Fra Angelico. c. 1441. (Convent of San Marco, Florence)|
|Nativity. Gerard David. c. 1515. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)|
|The Adoration of the Shepherds. Georges de La Tour. 1644. (The Louvre, Paris)|
|The Nativity. Edward Burne-Jones. 1888. (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh)|
|Mexican 'Tree of Life' Nacimiento. Attributed to Alfonso Soteno Fernandez.|
|Modern Nativity Icon. Unknown artist.|
(Note the swaddled Child in a stone manger, a conspicuous sign of Christ's eventual death.