The Nativity in art: the Madonna and child in close-up for kids

By Rachel Hayward | 28 October 2010
Showing the National Gallery London painting of The Nativity At Night by Geertgen with a doll like baby Jesus in the manger surrounded by mother Mary and angels
Geertgen tot Sint Jans' The Nativity at Night, possibly about 1490© National Gallery, London
Are you teaching the story of the Nativity – or want some great images for a Christmas assembly?

We’ve got a pupil-friendly round-up of some beautiful Nativity scenes from the National Gallery’s online collection on our kids’ site Show Me. The tool we especially like on the National Gallery website is the one to enable you to zoom into the paintings... it's almost as good as being there in front of the painting and perhaps easier for children because they can get close-up to details, they wouldn't normally be able to see.

If you’d like more, why not take a look at our feature: Culture24 explores digital Nativity treasures in online museum and gallery collections? It’s written for adults but the Nativity images are perfect for your class.

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