Beautiful Christmas Nativity paintings

Hello all!

I just wanted to share a few Nativity scene paintings that I stumbled across the other day when surfing the net. They are by contemporary artists. I just love the tenderness, gentleness and unity that they portray.

(I do hope I’m not infringing any copyrights, but I have linked the names of the painters with their brief bios and also the sites where their work is available, if that’s any compensation!)

So here they are:-

(Detail of above) Mark Missman
(Detail of above) Mark Missman
(One of my favourites! A very young-looking Mary, as she was purported to be.) Morgan Weistling
I’m afraid I don’t know who the artist of this lovely painting is, so sorry again if I’m infringing any copyrights, but it is so nice with its romantic and definitely Jewish twist!!!

At this point, I’m also going to include an oil painting that I did 20 years ago. It is a copy of William Hunt’s (Pre-Raphaelite) Light of the World. However, I wasn’t happy with the way I had painted Jesus’ eyes; also some of the paint had disintegrated due to being exposed to dripping rain water which I hadn’t noticed because the painting was in my ‘attic’ — so last week I took it along to my art class in Posadas (Cordova), and my very-talented teacher, Antonio Peso, helped me out. Thank you, Antonio!

The Light of the World (1851–1853) is an allegorical  painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: «Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me».

According to Hunt: «I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be divine command, and not simply a good subject.»

The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing «the obstinately shut mind» — Wikipedia.

My Light of the World. (Oil on recycled wood, later treated with linseed and turps mix, 50:50 %)
You can just spy Antonio in the background, bending over slightly as he coaches another of the students!

And to end with, here’s a lovely Christmas Carol — In the Bleak Mid-Winter (compiled or hung by Sarah J Allen, I think). The words to this carol were originally written by the English writer from the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).

Here are the lyrics:

In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long, long ago.

Angels and Archangels
May have travelled there
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air
But only his Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshiped the beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give him?
Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd
I would give a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part
But what I can I give him
Give him my heart
Give him my heart.

Happy Christmas to everyone! May the peace and love of Christ and his Holy family reign in our hearts and dwell amongst us all! xxx

2 comentarios sobre “Beautiful Christmas Nativity paintings

  1. These are lovely paintings and provide a very idyllic view of the nativity story. I used to love going into our town centre when I was a child to see the ‘crib’. Of course compared to what it seems that each and every village in Spain, does it’s a very poor alternative. Does your village have the big nativity scene taking up a great expanse of the centre?

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  2. The paintings are lovely and I especially like that ones that make Mary and Joseph look Jewish and Middle Eastern, rather than those that westernise them so much.
    Yes, all villages and towns here have the big nativity scene stretching over many tables and replete with as many figures, characters, animals, professions, field, foods etc pertaining to that epoca as you can imagine! In the nearby hamlet, they actually have life-size figures of the Holy Family and Three Kings. Which reminds me, Happy Three Kings to you — (today being the Epiphany)!

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