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The first Christmas

The first Christmas

The story of the first Christmas s captured here by some of the world's greatest painters. The story of the first Christmas long ago is captured here in all its mystery by some of the world's greatest painters. The beauty of the familiar words of the King James Version of the Bible weaves the glorious images together to create a new work of art: a Christmas story that will be treasured by readers young and old. This book is a simple idea beautifully achieved. Times Educational Supplement The First Christmas makes a simple and good introduction to the National Gallery using the words of the Bible. Guardian It makes a perfect introduction both to the Nativity and to Renaissance art, with words from the King James Bible and reproductions of paintings belonging to the National Gallery. Independent In books -- as in life -- the best ideas are often the simplest ones, striking the reader with the force of inevitability. The First Christmas falls into this category, a picture book for the very young which brings together some of the great biblical paintings of the Renaissance from London's National Gallery and carefully chosen texts from the authorised version of the Old and New Testaments. It is a marvellous way of introducing great art -- and the Christmas story -- to young children. -- Michael Glover Financial Times

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London : Frances Lincoln Childrens Books : [distributor] Bookpoint : [distributor] TL Distribution : [distributor] Macmillan Publishers New Zealand Ltd : [distributor] Booksite Afrika : [distributor] Antique Collectors' Club 2009
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Distributor: London: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books; [distributor] Bookpoint; [distributor] TL Distribution; [distributor] Macmillan Publishers New Zealand Ltd; [distributor] Booksite Afrika; [distributor] Antique Collectors' Club, 2009
ISBN: 1847800017, 9781847800015
Intended audience: 4-7.
Note: Paperback.
Physical Description: 32 p. : col.ill., chiefly ; 22x28 cm.
Subject: Religion and Belief.; Christmas Juvenile literature.; Early Years.; Bibles & bible stories (Children's/YA).; Jesus Christ. Nativity Pictorial works Juvenile literature.

Description

The story of the very first Christmas long ago is captured here in all its mystery by some of the world's greatest painters, including Botticelli, Giorgione, Geertgen, Gossaert, Foppa, Patel and Guido Reni. The beauty of the familiar words of the King James Version of the Bible weaves the glorious images together to create a new work of art: a Christmas story that will be treasured by readers young and old.

A perfect Christmas gift for art lovers and a fantastic and accessible introduction to botth the nativity story and these seminal works of art for young readers.

The paintings are kept in the National Gallery in London, which houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

"A simple idea beautifully achieved." The Times Educational Supplement

"A simple and good introduction to the National Gallery using the words of the Bible." The Guardian

Reviews

This book is a simple idea beautifully achieved.
Times Educational Supplement||The First Christmas makes a simple and good introduction to the National Gallery using the words of the Bible.
Guardian||It makes a perfect introduction both to the Nativity and to Renaissance art, with words from the King James Bible and reproductions of paintings belonging to the National Gallery.
Independent||In books - as in life - the best ideas are often the simplest ones, striking the reader with the force of inevitability. The First Christmas falls into this category, a picture book for the very young which brings together some of the great biblical paintings of the Renaissance from London's National Gallery and carefully chosen texts from the authorised version of the Old and New Testaments. It is a marvellous way of introducing great art - and the Christmas story - to young children.
Financial Times

Excerpt

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said,

"Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.