Artwork of the Week: December 2018 (Week 50)

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Marianne Stokes "Angels Entertaining the Holy Child"

 

 Marianne Stokes, Angels Entertaining the Holy Child, c.1893, oil on canvas. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Roy and Carol Christensen, 2015.

On their flight into Egypt, the Holy Family is again homeless, evading the pretender king’s assassins. Mary, beautiful in exhaustion and relief, falls asleep clasping her babe. Perhaps this is the first time she has felt safe since their departure. Adoring angel harpists appear—young children themselves—to quietly entertain Baby Jesus, who looks directly at us with wide-eyed curiosity.

Christmas reminds us that we too can find security in a perilous world because of the immortal life and mission of Jesus Christ.

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