The Nativity of Christ: Icons and Frescos


The Nativity of Christ is a great event for every Christian. The services for this feast are filled with feelings of joy and exaltation, and the many different icons of the Nativity of Christ, which have often caught the attention of researchers, theologians, and art historians, are a theme for art exhibitions. For almost two thousand years, iconographers have been painting icons and frescos of the Nativity, on which we can see the swaddled Infant in the manger, the Mother of God, Joseph, the animals at the manger, as well as the adoration of the Magi, the washing of the infant, the shepherds, and the angels.

The Nativity of Christ, Andrei Rublev.

The Divine Infant, fresco. Moscow Sretensky Monastery.

The Nativity of Christ. Fresco. Studenica Monastery, Serbia.

The Nativity of Christ. Greece. Modern fresco.

The Nativity of Christ. Fresco. Cappadocia.

The Nativity of Christ. Early 16th c., Middle Rus’.

The Nativity of Christ. 18th c., Bulgaria.

The Nativity of Christ. Fresco. Vysoki Decani Monastery, Metochia, Serbia.

The Nativity of Christ. Fresco in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Pec Monastery, Serbia. 14th c.

The Nativity of Christ, 15th, Tver, Russia.

The Nativity of Christ.

The Nativity of Christ. Modern icon. Georgia.

The Nativity of Christ. Modern icon. Georgia.

The Nativity of Christ with selected saints, late 15th c.

The Nativity of Christ, modern icon, Georgia.

‘The Nativity of Christ, modern icon, Georgia.

The Nativity of Christ. Serbia, modern icon.

Bethan Scotford11/22/2021 5:58 pm
I love this icon, but one figure puzzles me? Who is the disconsolate male figure sitting in he forefront of most writings of this icon. He seems to be in conversation with an old man, clothed in skins, holding a walking stick? Is the seated man Joseph? If so why is he depicted thus?
Editor11/18/2021 12:04 pm
Terry Marsh: Yes, of course.
TERRY MARSH11/17/2021 4:29 pm
The images are beautiful. May I use one to illustrate my written thoughts that I am to share with my church here in Maine USA St Andrew’s in Newcastle
Annie1/28/2021 7:28 am
Christ’s nativity fresco in the church of mother of god odgriytria monastery of pech patriarchate, 1330 Andrew Rubleiv
Irene11/26/2019 5:30 am
HI, I wonder if you could tell me more about one of the Nativity of Christ icons? It is the one featured here with the title: Nativity of Christ. I'd like to know the date and the location of this piece, if possible. Just for personal study. The imagery of the cave and all that is happening above it is of interest--if the activity on the left hand top of the piece could be explained, that would be helpful, too. I would like to discuss this piece with some friends in a week or two. I hope you can help me locate more information about this icon. Thanks, Irene
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