Monday, December 29, 2008

Painting for the Fifth Day of Christmas

This nativity scene for the fifth day of Christmas was painted by an unknown Flemish master in about 1400. You can see it in the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp, Holland. This picture looks very different from the usual nativity scene of that time. Mary has a lady to help her with the baby Jesus, and there are only two animals. Joseph is very old, in accordance with the Bible story, and is busy reading. The numerous visitors shown in so many other paintings of the birth of Jesus in that era are missing.


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