The Nativity

  • Edward B. Webster, The Nativity, 1956, oil on canvas mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1971.91

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The Nativity is one of twenty-two paintings depicting the life of Christ done by Edward Webster over a span of twenty years (Hall, "Postman to Painter," Sepia, Dec. 1971). The infant is the focal point of the scene, as the light from the star spotlights him through the wooden roof. The three Magi, freshly arrived from the East, leave their camels and rush toward the stable to share in this moment. The animals bow their heads and focus on the child as if they, too, recognize the solemnity of the event.

Title
The Nativity
Artist
Date
1956
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
21 7/8 x 27 7/8 in. (55.5 x 70.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Joseph
  • Architecture Exterior – farm – barn
  • Landscape – celestial – star
  • Religion – New Testament – Mary
  • Religion – New Testament – Nativity
  • Religion – New Testament – Magi
  • Religion – New Testament – Christ
  • Landscape – time – night
Object Number
1971.91
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