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Nativity in Art from Giotto to Picasso. Clare Ford-Wille Monday 11 December 2017

The Nativity must be one of the most popular subjects of all with artists, north and south of the Alps, from the 13th to the 20th centuries. 

Sometimes the scene takes place at night, sometimes during the day. The lecture will explore the many variations of the scene and the possible meanings, depending upon whether midwives or Joseph are present, either awake or asleep, and analyse the various postures and gestures of the Virgin as she adores the Christ Child.




Clare Ford-Wille has an honours degree in History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London. Regular commitments include Centre for Lifelong Learning, London University, National Gallery, V&A Museum, WEA, Morley College, the City Literary Institute, the Art Fund and National Trust. Study tours abroad.