The Christmas season is approaching; it seems appropriate to discuss Christmas paintings. Most Christmas paintings depict the manger scene though the Magi journeying to see Jesus or presenting their gifts to him is another popular scene.
Some of the well-known artists that painted a Nativity painting are Giotto, Michelangelo, Rubens, Daddi, and da Vinci.
The Nativity has been represented in panel paintings, stained glass windows, murals, and illuminated manuscripts.
Depictions of the Nativity are dated from about 354 A.D. These representations are carved into stone sarcophagus found in Southern Gaul and Rome. Albeit not paintings, but pictorials none-the-less. The early followers of Christ buried their departed in the catacombs where they painted vault paintings showing the first Adoration of the Magi scenes.