This exquisite Nativity was produced by the French holy card company, Bouasse-Lebel, in the late 1800s. Heavenly graces shine through the star, highlighting Mary. She and the child Jesus, with their richer colors, stand out more than the rest of the picture. They are highlighted because of the special relationship they have.
Joseph humbly yet protectively stands in the background, wearing his traditional brown and green, holding a staff showing his protectiveness and his authority.
The animals seem to know that something special is happening and symbolize our brute nature being joined with the divine.
Bethlehem means House of Bread, and Jesus is the Bread of Life, laid in a manger, which is a feeding trough for animals.
This print is beautiful, and will hold a unique place in your home during the Holidays. We make it on special, natural, 100% cotton, acid-free art paper which has a subtle off-white color to compliment the colors of this holy card. We use archival quality pigments, rated to last for many generations without fading when kept out of the direct sun.
8.5 x 11 acid-free archival paper, with about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture. Cardboard backer. Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag. Comes with above notes on the painting.
IMPORTANT!!! The image is smaller than the paper.
Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby. We recommend a simple brown wooden frame for this one, to match the colors and the humbleness of the image. If you're sending this as a gift and would like us to frame it for you, please convo and we'll make special arrangements for you.
You might also be interested in original Catholic art and jewelry by me, Sue Kouma Johnson, available all over this shop! Thanks!