In The Nativity above, Mary bows in adoration as she enfolds the infant Jesus in swaddling cloth. Joined in this solemn ritual by a host of angels who protect and guide her: from the heavenly attendants on either side to the celestial gathering upon the roof.
British painter Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) has endowed the holy trio in the foreground with the elegance of dancers, whose graceful movements complement and enhance each other in their rhythmic exchange. Hughes was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of artists inspired by the spirituality and style of early Renaissance art.
Arthur Hughes, The Nativity, 1857-1858, oil on canvas, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK.
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