And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory. John 1:14
Welcome to Day 1.
I know that for many Christians, Easter is the time of year to contemplate the sacrifice Christ made to save us, but, personally, the season of advent has always been more meaningful. The concept of the incarnation: God taking on flesh and coming as an infant with the purpose of sacrificing Himself to redeem his creation–it’s just more than I can put into words.
Yet, throughout the history of Christianity, artists have attempted to make visible the miracle of the nativity. Over the next 25 days we will be exploring 500 years of nativity art. I’ve chosen works that are significant within the history of art as well as personal favorites. Narrowing down my choices was difficult.
My hope contemplating these masterpieces will not only increase your knowledge of art but reawaken in you the wonder and beauty of the incarnation.
The first work we will be considering is a panel from a pulpit designed and sculpted by Nicola Pisano completed in 1260. A bit of background is necessary to put this work into it’s historical context. Pisano lived and worked in Pisa, Italy in the 13th century. He was both an architect and a sculptor.
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