Christmas in Sculpture: Nativity

Manchester Cathedral - The Holy Night
Josephine de Vasconcellos, Holy Night, 1992
(Manchester Cathedral, UK)

And this beautiful and touching sculptural group can be seen by visitors to Manchester Cathedral. Located by the Lady Chapel and Chapter House, it was carved by Josephine de Vasconcellos in 1992. I particularly like the mixture of intensity, love, adoration, tenderness, and peace in this sculpture. Mary, evidently tired after giving birth to her son, rests under Joseph’s arm who also carefully cradles the baby Jesus that lies wrapped in cloth on Mary’s knees. A beautiful if playful detail: Mary rests her feet on a small lamb.

 

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