The Childhood of Christ in Art

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The Childhood of Christ in Art

The Childhood of Christ in Art

Date: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 December 2020
Times: 11.00-13.00
Location: Zoom (Online) 
Level: All Levels  
Tutor: Dr Richard Stemp

Course Description: In the Christian church the beginning of December is celebrated as the start of Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, and focusses on the preparations for the birth of Jesus. What better time, then, to look at the ways in which the childhood of Christ is depicted in art at the Wallace Collection.

In this two-day online course, you will discover how the biblical narrative in art was combined with ideas from diverse sources to create the image of Christmas, which is now so familiar to us. We will distinguish the different elements of the story, explore the ways in which each was interpreted, and discuss the wider implications for art and faith. You will also discover the intricacy and subtlety of some of the Wallace Collection’s smaller works of art, which are often harder to see during a visit – one of the many advantages that online learning brings.

Please read the full course outline here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be hosted on Zoom. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a ten-minute break and short Q&A session with the tutor.

Your ticket is for both course sessions. You will be emailed the Zoom Meeting ID and Password 48 hours in advance.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
02/12/2020 11:00 13:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Full) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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