The majestic Biblical account of Christ’s birth as told by Matthew and Luke has inspired many great paintings that have come to the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this book, a selection of these paintings is sensitively coupled with exceprts from the King James Version of the Bible. Accompanying the words of the Evangelists and the paintings is a lively and thoughtful commentary by Richard Muhlberger, formerly the Museum’s Vice Director for Education. The result is a unique and fascinating journey to Bethlehem.
Among the works included are Jan van Eyck’s elegant Annunciation of the Virgin, Mantegna’s hauntingly realistic portrayal of shepherds adoring Jesus, and Sasseta’s magical Journey of the Magi.
This beautiful book is a treasure to be enjoyed year after year and a reminder for families of the true meaning of Christmas.