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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Birth of Christ", 18th century

type: Drawing

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A dramatic scene of the Birth of Jesus Christ: Mary, holding the Infant in her lap, Joseph, standing by her, two Magi kneeling before the Holy Family, two more Magi, and shepherds at the threshold are stopped in awe by a bright beam of light announcing the arrival of God the Father, seated in clouds and preceded by angels, to bless his Son. Christ's family is in a rustic shelter not far from Bethlehem, the city upon a hill in the background.

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