The Christmas Story in Renaissance Art – Thursday 1st December 2016

This lecture, by Paula Nutall, tells the Christmas Story through a selection of well-loved paintings and illuminated manuscripts by Italian and Flemish artists, including Botticelli,Fra Angelico and Jan van Eyck, together with may less well-known images. From the Annunciation to the Nativity, the Journey of the Kings and the Flight into Egypt, it explores the rich symbolism of Christmas imagery; highlights the ways in which spiritual ideas and devotional practice shaped the depiction of the narrative and introduces some less familiar aspects of the story, such as the Midwives ad Joseh’s stockings.

Paula Nuttall was formerly lecturer at the British Institute of Florence.She is now Director of the V&A Medieval and Renaissance Year Course and lectures for the Courtauld Institute, Christie’s Education, the Art Fund and the National Gallery