Scenes from the Nativity of Christ as portrayed by the Old Masters

This special exhibition of paintings from the Haggerty Museum of Art's collection explores themes relating to Christmas.

By Haggerty Museum of Art

The Angel Showing Joseph the Way to Egypt by Simone CantariniHaggerty Museum of Art

Holy Family (ca. 1550) by Attirbuted to Pieter Claeissins IHaggerty Museum of Art

Set within an elegant medieval frame with Gothic tracery, Pieter Claeissins’ Holy Family is more than a simple glorification of Virgin and Child, despite the prominence of the pair. The presence of Joseph hewing wood in the background suggests that we are looking at a rendition of the Holy Family. The painting features young Virgin Mary, clad in a blue mantle and white headscarf, holding the infant Christ child in her lap. They are seated out-of-doors on a low wall, framed by sixteenth-century Flemish houses in the distance. Mary sweetly gazes down at her Child while gently holding his foot. The single window with stone tracery in the form of a Latin cross hints at Christ’s eventual crucifixion.

The Holy Family during the Journey into Egypt by Attributed to Miguel CabreraHaggerty Museum of Art

Adoration of the Shepherds (1540s - 1600s) by Attributed to Alessandro AlloriHaggerty Museum of Art

Adoration of the Shepherds by After Peter Paul RubensHaggerty Museum of Art

The Nativity of Christ (Late 1400s to Early 1500s) by Jacopo del Sellaio, After; Bastiano Mainardi, AfterHaggerty Museum of Art

The Adoration of The Magi (1500s) by Veneto-Byzantine SchoolHaggerty Museum of Art

Madonna And Child (1600s) by After Carlo DolciHaggerty Museum of Art

Madonna And Child (1600s) by After Giovanni Battista Salvi (Sassoferrato)Haggerty Museum of Art

Adoration of the Magi (1625/1630) by Follower of Claude VignonHaggerty Museum of Art

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