The Magi & The Manger

Join us for this special Sunday Forum in Advent:

Sunday, December 15
10:10am, Parish Hall

The story of Jesus’ birth makes an appearance early in the history of Christian art. Magi and mangers have become familiar features even of modern images of the nativity, but the origins of these scenes are not always obvious. Working from the two scriptural narratives but also from other theological and artistic traditions, ancient painters and sculptors created images of surprising originality that still shape belief and piety today. Art Historian, Professor Felicity Harley-McGowen, will walk us through the depictions of the birth of Jesus in early Christian art.



Felicity Harley-McGowan is a specialist in early Christian and medieval art. Her work centers on the origins and development of Christian iconography within the visual culture of Roman late antiquity, and extends to the ‘survival’ of the Classical tradition from late antiquity through to the Italian Renaissance. Before coming to Yale, Felicity was the Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the University of Melbourne where she taught across the fields of Roman, Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance art history, as well as art theory and historiography. She is currently preparing a monograph on the earliest images of crucifixion and co-editing (with Henry Maguire) a volume on the life and scholarship of Ernst Kitzinger.