The events leading up to and surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ have been a popular subject among artists since the 4th century. With pieces from Masters Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer, and Peter Paul Rubens, Scenes of the Nativity is a visual narrative of the Advent season and other crucial events in the story of Christianity.
A selection of intricately crafted wood cuts, engravings, and etchings, this work from the 16th and 17th centuries follows the Gospels of Matthew and Luke of the Bible’s New Testament that begin with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, and move through the Visitation and Journey, the Adoration of the Shepherds, the Adoration of the Magi, the Nativity and Holy Family and the Flight into Egypt.
This exhibition is made possible by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Art Collection and Galleries through a generous donation from the collection of the late Emile H. Mathis II.
A companion exhibit highlighting the work of Oklahoma born artist Derald Swineford is also on display during the holidays. In staying with the Christmas theme, these 40 black and white prints depict cowboys and Native Americans commonly found in regionally produced Oklahoma based pieces with a holiday flavor.
In celebration of the holiday season, the Arlington Museum of Art is offering a special $5 admission price for this exhibit. This exhibit runs through Sunday, December 28.
The Arlington Museum of Art would like to the following for their generous sponsorship and support of Scenes of the Nativity:
Nerwin and Martin Fine Arts
3Di Signs and Designs
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Art Collection and Galleries
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art