In my last post before Christmas, I introduced the nativity gallery in my den. One comment referred to one of the art works depicting the three Wise Men. I promised to post about the wall art in my nativity scenes collection. As only some of the wall art can be displayed in the gallery, some are hung in the small front hall on the walls along the stairs, and in the tiny hall outside the gallery. One is in the dining room and the balance are in the hall to the bedrooms.
First I’d like to review those in the nativity gallery room by world area, starting with the MIDDLE EAST.
" Escape to Egypt" is an original watercolor painting on papyrus painted in Egypt. The scene shows Mary with Baby Jesus on Donkey and Joseph
Next is a print on paper, "The Nativity" original made in Iran. Text at bottom: "The Nativity, Armenian Miniature 1300 AC, Manuscript of All Saviour’s Armenian Cathedral, Julfa, Isfahan, Iran.
This batik painting on fabric is from Tanzania. It shows Mary, Baby Jesus Joseph and Wise Men.
Another batik nativity wall hanging was made in India. It is a rendering of the nativity scene in warm colors.
"Magos en la Capilla" by Michelle Yegros is a digital serigraph on acid free linen paper. Made in U.S. by Puerto Rican Artist. 2003
"Sueno con los Reyes"("I Dream of the Magi") is another digital serigraph on acid free linen paper made in U.S. by Puerto Rican Artist Michelle Yegros. The serigraph is a surrealist rendition of the Three Wise Men.
Here is a hand quilted fabric panel, a mola, using a reverse applique technique of the Indians of the San Blas Islands of Panama, using three layers of cloth and fine stitching.12" T x 16 ½" W depicts an Angel/ Joseph/ Mary/ Baby Jesus/Lambs/ Star above
One of two paper posters from an original published in Cuba as a Carteles magazine cover, "Nativity" Reproduced by CubanGraphics in USA. The 10"H x 8"W poster shows Mary and Baby Jesus surrounded by Three Wise Men; Angels on roof; everyday citizens are depicted forming a line of pilgrimage.
The second poster is "Baby Jesus Mary Three Kings" In center is Baby Jesus on Mary’s lap; on upper left, Joseph with the Ox and Donkey, on lower left woman kneeling, on upper right Three Wisemen; lower right, kneeling Shepherd and staff.
EUROPE [not pictured]
On the wall is a color engraving, "Repos En Egypte – Reposo En Egipto – The Repose in Egypt." Made in France, it is framed in dark wood with beaded inner border. Lower left of image area reads "Paris, L. Turgis Jne Impr. Editi. R. des Ecoles, 60."
A steel engraving, "The Nativity" by Antonio Correggio. Artist signed vintage calendar print. Stable scene with Mary and Baby Jesus, shepherd, female figure, Joseph, animals, and angels hovering above.
This wood hand carved nativity scene is an unfinished wood panel with notch for hanging. 11 ¾" T x 23 ½" W. The carving is signed PS VIII 2000 and depicts Mary, Baby Jesus, and Joseph in Stable
Moving to the STAIR HALL we see
"Reyes a Belen" (Kings to Bethlehem) a limited edition, hand signed & numbered nativity print features the Three Kings - Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar - as they ride toward Bethlehem. Custom matted behind glass in a gilded, wooden 20.5" x 24.5" frame. The lower left is hand numbered 57/175 and the lower right corner is pencil signed and dated Nadal 1993.
Counted cross-stitch embroidery, "Medieval Nativity" Framed and matted, (21 1/2"Hx17 1/2"W) Stitched on Cream Lugana.
Next is a piece of crewel embroidery depicting the Donkey/ Joseph/ Mary and Baby Jesus/ Sheep and Lamb/ Window with Star/ 2 Doves on ledge above
Needlepoint embroidery with, l.-r., Shepherds and Sheep, Family, Three Wise Men.
Handmade quilted fabric 14.5" diameter, done with small prints, each piece cut and sewn to the background. A wood hoop used as a frame has walnut color stain
On the wall in the DINING RM is an original WPA folio print by American artist, Lauren Ford. Made in the USA. 1930’s. Description on verso – "The nativity scene is "shown as if it had taken place on her own farm near Bethlehem, Connecticut."
Many pieces are kept in the HALL:
A wood block print on paper by Michael Black. "The Nativity." Print signed and titled in pencil. ca.1960’s?
An antique photogravure print, "Nativity Night, Shepherds, Sheep Goats," published by Gebbie & Husson, 1889. After the original painting by Henry Rankin Poore (1859-1940)
A German style paper cutting (Scherenschnitte) of Nativity Christmas Tree design. Made in U.S.A. Signed K.McMillan in pencil on lower right. Hand-made on parchment-type paper by Kimberly McMillan in Dallas, Georgia, July 2005. Nativity scene under and surrounding Christmas tree with Star above. Family in stable with animals/ Three Wise Men/ Angels and shepherds scene.
Brass rubbing nativity scene. Made in England. Bluish/ silverish rubbing mounted on 8 x 10 mat board, shows Angel, Jesus, Mary, Joseph
An 1880’s print on paper. Nativity Scene by illustrator Gustave Dore. Shepherds visit Mary, Baby Jesus, and Joseph in stable.
A print on paper by John Mansbridge, "Angel Announces Jesus Under Star", from book The First Christmas Morning, by Minnie Lake. Made in England. Under star Angel announces Jesus birth to Shepherds in field with flock.
I hope you enjoyed this further look at my Nativity Scenes Collection. Thank your for your visit. Come again very soon.