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Adoration of Christ

December 23rd, 2007
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As frequent readers of this blog site know, I really love fine art, and most particularly, fine art depicting Christian themes. While preparing our family’s Christmas newsletter, I came across this striking painting: The Nativity by Federico Fiori Barocci (1597, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain). What I find unique about this painting is that it sets the birth of Christ in quite a realistic setting, unlike many depictions from the 16th century. Most interesting to me is how Joseph is opening the door of the stable to the shepherds, who are coming to see this great thing that has come to pass, as the angels had told them. You can almost hear St. Joseph saying, "Yes, he is right here, come in and see!"

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  1. Leistico
    December 24th, 2007 at 08:34 | #1

    I know it is far more modern, but there were a few positive comments about the picture on the cover of the CPH Bulletin for Advent 4 with Joseph holding the Babe and smiling, while Mary sleeps. Another example of setting the birth of Christ within a realistic setting, yes?

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