From Manger to Canvas: The Nativity in Art

Posted January 4, 2018 10:38 pm by Emilie Callan

From Manger to Canvas: The Nativity in Art

Christmas urges us to reflect on the Mystery of the Incarnation. In a short video series, Fr. Eric Nicolai, an Opus Dei priest and art expert, helps us reflect on this mystery through religious art from the early Christians to roughly around the 18th century. Despite all the changes in the artistic depictions of the Nativity through the centuries, one thing always remained: an acute awareness of God’s presence in our world.
An Introduction
The early Christians approached art as a useful tool for communicating the story of Jesus and Mary and the saints. Religious art at that time is more commonly

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