The story of the Nativity has been a principal subject in Western art since the 4th century.
This collection of 16th-18th century prints from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Art Collection illustrates the humanity of Jesus Christ’s birth and related events. Some of the more notable artists include Peter Paul Ruebens, Albert Durer, and Rembrandt.
The exhibit is complimented by The Arts of Worship, a collection of objects illustrating arts role in worship since biblical times.
Some decorative arts were designed to carry out rites and rituals. Other were intended to enrich the spiritual environment. Either way, these works of art were created to affect the spirit of those gathered to listen and to celebrate. The works in this exhibit are on loan from various public and private collections including: Allegheny College/ Hulmer Collection, Butler Institute of American Art, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Spirit Parish, Irene Kabala Collection, Senator John Heinz History Collection, Sisters of the Humility of Mary and other private collections.
Admission to the galleries is free. Guided tours are available by appointment Tues-Thurs, 9 am-Noon. To schedule a guided tour, call 724.652.2882
Pictured below: The Visit of the Shepherds, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), engraving, UWM Art Collection, Gift of Emile H. Mathis II.