Some nativity scenes

By Gerard David:

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

By Albrecht Durer:

A 13th century Roman mosaic:

Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore

A simple Greek icon:

From the Musee Bonnat:

By Girolamo:

Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

By Duccio:

Triptych, 1308-1311

Triptych, 1308-1311

3 Comments

  1. cymast

     /  December 27, 2008

    Baby Jesus looks like a small, white worm in all the pictures, IMO. In the Holy Nativity Convent pic, baby Jesus is in the pupa stage.

  2. acilius

     /  January 6, 2009

    Yes, it’s weird. We’re so used to realistic pictures of children that it’s hard to imagine what visual artists had in mind in earlier periods of history.

  3. cymast

     /  January 6, 2009

    I think it had something to do with the belief that children were smaller, less experienced adults.

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