We continue with the annunciation to the shepherds, as told in Luke 2:8-15.
Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds FLINCK (1639)
See http://www.louvre.fr/llv/oeuvres/detail_notice.jsp?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673225619&CURRENT_LLV_NOTICE%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673225619&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=9852723696500813&baseIndex=143&bmLocale=en for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a brief inscription. You will there see that it was influenced by the Rembrandt painting of the same subject that appears in the immediately prior post.
Nativity CORREGGIO (1490-1534)
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_(Correggio) for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.
Adoration of the Shepherds EL GRECO (1618)
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adoration_of_the_Shepherds_(El_Greco) for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description. For an excellent video of art experts discussing another of El Greco’s paintings of the same subject, see http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/el-grecos-adoration-of-the-shepherds.
The story of the magi is told in Matthew 2:1-12.
Dream of the Magi GISLEBERTUS (1100-1150)
See http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/g/gisleber/3capital. for the source of the above photograph of the bas relief and a description.
Adoration of the Magi ALTICHIERO (c. 1330 – c. 1390)
See http://www.terminartors.com/artistprofile/Altichiero_da_Zevio for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a brief description of Altichiero’s work.
Adoration of the Magi BOSCH (c. 1510)
See http://www.wga.hu/support/viewer/z.html for the source of the above photograph of the painting.
Adoration of the Magi AERTSEN (c. 1560)
See http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/aertsen/adoration-magi/ for the source of the above photograph of the painting and a description.
Madonna and Child paintings have been a favorite subject of Christian painting. For some wonderful early examples of such art, see videos depicting and discussing Duccio’s Monna and Child at http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/duccio-madonna, http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/fra-filippo-lippis-madonna-and-child and http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/carlo-crivelli. See, also, http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/leonardo-virgin-of-the-rocks for an excellent discussion of two versions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks, one of which (the one in the Louvre) was the subject of some ingenous manipulation by Dan Brown in his Da Vinci Code.
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