Christmas 2003: The Nativity

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ icon design attributed to Andrei Rublev

 

Christmas 2003, egg tempera (8" X 10.5")

 

You are welcome to download the cartoon for this icon.

 

Icons were used as teaching tools. Most of the notes placed on this icon are biblical quotes or paraphrasing.

 

(This was my first egg tempera and I fell in love with the medium when I saw the ultramarine. Maybe I should have toned it down, but the intensity of egg tempera colors amazes me.)

 

I've compiled a chronological collection of some Nativity of Jesus works of art into three timeframes:

 

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Please note, in response to flickr's Third-party image blocking I've moved my illustrated research notes to my blog, duckmarx: The Nativity

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1. 100-1499

 

2. 1500-1699

 

3. 1700-present

 

 

How old is the Nativity icon design?The Patriarch of Alexandria, Cyril I (404-430 A.D.), authorized the use of icons as a visual means for teaching Christian doctrines. I think one of these was the Nativity icon. If this is so it would mean that the Nativity icon design extends back to at least the 5th century (404-430). In her article Origins of Nativity Scenes for Christmas, Christine Nyholm reports that "Some scholars believe that the earliest Nativity scene dates back to 2nd century AD in the catacombs of St. Priscilla." Both my conjecture and Christine Nyholm's conjecture require independent validation.

 

  • evor yen 8y

    wow excellent
  • DUCKMARX 8y

    teda, Ron, Tayla, Evor - thank you for your comments.

    nukesimi, thanks for you fave and comment. Hoepfully the 3381 X 3381 is large enough to let you see the details

    Matej and Sasha, thank you for the faves.
  • Kevin Rolly 8y

    Wow....incredibly impressive. egg tempra....that puts you in quite the rarefied group...

    This is lovely.....
  • DUCKMARX 8y

    Thanks Kevin. I am glad that you like the Nativity.
  • oar_square 7y

    your work is fabulous........
  • DUCKMARX 7y

    oar_square, thanks.
  • DUCKMARX 6y

    I also came across a terrific art resource:
    World Art Treasures (Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation)

    Here are links to the written word about the Nativity of Christ:

    Luke 2:1-38 KJV

    Matthew 2:1-23 KJV



    The Nativity Story
    by Angela Elwell Hunt, Mike Rich

    . . . and finally, Crèche sets from around the world
  • Ron Huxley 6y

    Awesome! Thanks for posting this classical art. It revives my spirit.
  • DUCKMARX 6y

    ron, I agree. These works humble and inspire me.
  • DUCKMARX 6y

    I am tickled to see Jon Cock use my work as an illustration on his 2008 Christmas blog
  • Nuqe 6y

    Ha! How did you learn his name? Over 4000 profile hits...that's some serious Blogger recognition.
  • Ray . 6y

    spectacular! wonderful work! exceptional compilation of nativity treasures!
  • DUCKMARX 6y

    Ray, thanks.
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  • Kim Schuster 4y

    This simply takes my breath away! I am looking forward to sitting down with some uninterrupted time to look through your photostream. It is very beautiful and educational. I love what I have seen so far. Thank you!
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