Nativity scene art serves as a beautiful reminder of the true meaning of this season, especially after a long and difficult year. Christmas may look different this time around. We shop differently; we connect with loved ones differently; we may even have had to worship differently. However, Christmas 2020 has the potential to be especially meaningful as we direct our focus on the Savior of our broken world.
Here are some of our favorite Nativity scene images from our artists and photographers this year. We hope they invite peace and warmth into your home.
New Nativity Scene Paintings
We’ll start with some of our new 2020 Christmas art. Two of these artists, Rod Peterson and Justine Peterson, are new to our gallery, and we’re excited to present their nativity art.
We are also honored to present Lynde Mott’s most recent nativity scene painting. As always, her unique perspective and characteristic use of bright, cheerful colors never disappoint.
Traditional Nativity Scene Pictures
Joseph Brickey depicts the scene of the stable in a way that is both beautiful and realistic. Livestock and straw surround the holy family.
Mary’s hair doesn’t fall neatly, and even Joseph looks a little tired. And yet, their worshipful expressions speak volumes. We love this piece for its smooth use of light and color.
Using both his gifts for painting and photography, Robert A. Boyd created this beautiful image of the holy family in the stable. The infant Messiah is placed in the center and surrounded by the worshipful gazes of Mary, Joseph, and even the livestock, making Him the clear focus of the picture--and the holiday.
The thing we like most about this Nativity scene picture is that the circle is open to the viewer. It’s as if you are standing in the stable as well, participating in this most sacred moment of Earth’s history.
Annie Henrie Nader has a unique style that she brings to her Christian art. Here we see another image of the holy family together.
The warm colors in this picture further communicate a sense of warmth and closeness. It is a profound message when we consider the difficulties and harsh realities that they faced even before the birth of the Savior.
In this beautiful painting, we Mary holding Jesus. You’ve likely seen many images of this variety, but what sets Jennah’s apart is the realism.
Mary, in this painting, looks very young. There are no halos or glowing lights, and yet Jennah captures the sacred beauty of this highly favored woman and her precious son.
Jesse and Kelsey use a combination of photography and digital painting in their work. Their work is typically characterized by dramatic lighting, which is what we see in this Nativity picture.
The new star casts a bright beam down onto the lowly stable where we see the holy family silhouetted against the light of such a miraculous event.
The Nativity triptych by Annie separates the traditional nativity scene into three separate paintings. We have the wise men, Mary and Jesus, and the Shepherds.
A division like this allows us to reflect on the different aspects that make up this sacred event.
Wisemen and Shepherd Nativity Paintings
The wise men and the shepherds both play unique and important roles in our biblical records of Christ’s birth. The shepherds remind us that God is no respecter of persons. He wants us all to come to our Savior and find hope. The wise men remind us to seek Christ and follow His light, even when we face a long journey or opposition. They remind us of the miracle of giving.
The shepherds remind us that God is no respecter of persons. He wants us all to come to our Savior and find hope. The wise men remind us to seek Christ and follow His light, even when we face a long journey or opposition.
Modern Nativity Scene Paintings
Jeff Pugh’s nativity scene painting focuses entirely on the Savior. The simple shapes and colors that Jeff uses give this piece a modern, minimalist style.
There aren’t any extraneous embellishments or any embellishments at all. Just the infant Messiah sleeping soundly through what truly appears to be a silent night.
Henrik takes an impressionist approach to his nativity scene painting. His brushstrokes bring together a wide variety of colors and textures to create a simple but joyful scene.
This nativity scene painting has a celebratory feel to it. It reminds us that this is a season to rejoice in the birth and saving power of Jesus Christ.
Jorge Cocco has multiple nativity scene pictures. In this one, he takes his characteristic ‘saccrocubsim’ style to a fun level giving his shapes thick borders.
It gives the impression that we are looking at a stained glass window which, though his style is modern, adds a traditional sort of flair.
These two matching paintings by Jorge may seem almost identical. But a closer look at their titles suggests that the artist had different intentions for each.
Still Night is done in cooler tones, such as blues and greys. The focus is on the sacredness of the event.
In contrast, he paints A New Star with warmer, deeper colors. The title reminds us of the powerful prophecies that preceded Christ’s birth. The different shades of red are a possible allusion to the Savior’s power and His sacrifice on our behalf.
Both images make the perfect complement to the bedroom, office, or apartment holiday decor.
Jorge’s fourth piece is unique. It doesn’t have the hard borders as in the last to paintings, but neither does it have the free-flowing feel of his other works.
The crisp, vertical design keeps the holy family in reverent focus. The trained eye might even notice that the eye-catching patterns and shapes of Mary and Joseph’s clothes direct the gaze to further focus on Jesus Christ.
Eric Dowdle is another artist that has a style all his own.
In this colorful, almost playful nativity scene painting, we see the entire story: the star, the cities, the shepherds, the wise men, the angels, and of course, Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus.
All of the movement, detail, and color create endless interest for the eyes, making this is a fun image for teaching children about this sacred holiday.
Here, Annie uses different textures that give her pictures a vintage feel. In this nativity scene painting, we see only an angel.
She appears to be looking down at the infant Messiah, and her face is full of reverence, gratitude, and awe.
While we don’t see the typical Mary and Joseph scene in this painting, the angel’s expression and the title is a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.
5 Top Best Selling Nativity Scene Images
Some paintings simply go without words, especially when they are paintings of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. These next few pieces by our artists and photographers are among the most inspiring in our Christmas art selection.
Creativity and insight don’t stop here. Christmas is one area in which our artists and photographers are always drawing inspiration. Visit our gallery for more Christmas art pieces to honor the season.
What is your favorite nativity art? Do you have a piece you or your family put up every year? We’d love to hear what makes it special to you!