Mary C. Woodward
The Nativity in Art
This is the first of a series of three talks will be streamed. Mary is doing in conjunction with the CCA to help support the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.
The birth of Christ—the Nativity—has been an enduring subject in art since the late 4th century, when Christian themes as we know them first began to appear in art. The works we will look at demonstrate a wide variety of interpretations of the Nativity as well as related events, such as the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Adoration of the Magi. We will see examples of disguised symbolism when artists used everyday objects, including candles, flowers, books or even animals, to allude to the sacred nature of the event. We will also discuss the appearance of the Black Magi and his importance in the depictions of Christ’s birth. St. Francis’ contributions to the way we still celebrate the holiday will be noted. And we will discover who we can thank for making December 25th a holiday from work (well, for most of us!)