As we approach Christmas I find myself drawn once again to the way Christmas scenes have been depicted across different cultures.
This image, from an unknown Chinese artist, depicts Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary arriving at Bethlehem, looking for some overnight accomodation but not having much luck.
I find myself reflecting, with the party season upon us, how many in the world struggle with hunger and homelessness, and how the Messiah come to identify with them first.
5 thoughts on “Chinese Christian Art: Arriving at Bethlehem”
The artist is Bai Huiqun (Pai Hui-ch’un), and he painted this watercolor in the 1930s or ’40s in Beijing with the title “There was No Place for Them to Stay.” It is now in the collection of the University of San Francisco Ricci Institute. You can view some of his other work, and that of similar artists, here: http://usf.usfca.edu/ricci//collection/exhibits/celestialicons/images.htm. Beautiful!
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Thank you Matt for sharing this beautiful chinese art of Joseph and Mary and also many thanks to Victoria for introducing the artist.
Thanks for the links Victoria. The other images are excellent as well.
The Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre art in Hong Kong has long appealed to me.