Holy Nativity by Pierre

holy nativity bypierreHe was the director of the French Academy of Art and was the First Painter of the King, yet little is known of Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre (Paris, 6 March 1714 – Paris, 15 May 1789). He was a French painter, draughtsman and administrator.

While not one of his most famous works, I think this beautiful painting of the Holy Nativity is one of his prettiest. Mary and Jesus are surrounded by angels and a heavenly light. A lamb sleeps nearby and a cow sits quietly among the visitors to the stable. A full moon glows on a cloudy sky as the entire scene is one of light. The painting of the Holy Nativity by Pierre was done in oil on canvas and measures 92 cm (36.2 in) tall by 73 cm (28.7 in) wide.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.