The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus ClipArt gallery offers 32 illustrations including the Annunciation, Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, Nativity, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, and Jesus among the Doctors.

The Hortulus Animae is one of a series of woodcuts that was created by German Renaissance artist Hans Baldung Grun in 1511. It depicts Jesus, Mary and the three wise men. A woodcut is made by carving a wooden block to the desired design, and then rolling ink over the carved block to print the design on paper.

Hortulus Animae

The Hortulus Animae is one of a series of woodcuts that was created by German Renaissance artist Hans…

"And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased." Luke 2:8-14 ASV
<p>Illustration of an angel appearing to two shepherds. One shepherd kneels and the second looks downward. There is a palm tree in the background.

The Annunciation to the Shepherds

"And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over…

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." Luke 1:26-27 ASV
<p>Detail of New Testament illustration showing the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. Gabriel holds a lily, a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

The Annunciation, Detail View

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of a man holding a book and looking down at an angel kneeling. It is a Bass-relief that can now be found in Florence, Italy.

The Annunciation

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of a man holding a book and looking down at an angel…

An angel appears to Mary while she is sitting with a book.

The Annunciation

An angel appears to Mary while she is sitting with a book.

"And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. And his parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast; and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not; but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance: and when they found him not, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking for him. And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions: and all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers." Luke 2: 40-47 ASV
<p>The illustration depicts Jesus at age 12 standing among the elders of the temple and engaging them in conversation.

Christ among the Doctors

"And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. And his…

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from the Drawing in the Linden Collection at Basle

Christ in the Temple

A painting by Johann Overbeck. It is from the Drawing in the Linden Collection at Basle

"And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising him, his name was called Jesus, which was so called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." Luke 2:21 ASV
<p>Illustration shows Mary presenting Jesus to the priest for circumcision.

Circumcision of Jesus

"And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising him, his name was called Jesus, which was so called…

The Holy Family is a woodcut that was creates by Albrecht Dürer in 1511. It depicts Mary and Jesus with other people. A woodcut was created by carving an image on a wooden block and rolling ink over that surface and then printing it on paper.

The Holy Family

The Holy Family is a woodcut that was creates by Albrecht Dürer in 1511. It depicts Mary and Jesus…

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men." Matthew 2:16 KJV

Killing the Male Children under the Age of Two

"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and…

An engraving by J. Jackson, Sr. of Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting, <i>The Holy Family.</i> Many, Joseph, and Jesus look towards the infant John the Baptist dressed in camel skin. John holds a staff with a scroll. Although not visible, John's scroll is often represented as reading "Ecce Agnus Dei" in artwork. Reynolds' painting was completed around 1787. This engraving appears in a Bible published in 1853. The setting is a garden.

The Holy Family by Sir Joshua Reynolds

An engraving by J. Jackson, Sr. of Sir Joshua Reynolds' painting, The Holy Family. Many, Joseph, and…

The Repose of the Holy Family in Egypt is a woodcut that is part of a series "Life of the Virgin" by Albrecht Dürer between 1504 and 1505. It depicts Mary and Jesus resting after a long journey. The woodcut is created by carving an image on a wooden block and rolling ink over that surface and then printing it on paper.

Repose of the Holy Family in Egypt

The Repose of the Holy Family in Egypt is a woodcut that is part of a series "Life of the Virgin" by…

"Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 3And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against." Luke 2:28-34 KJV

Simeon Taking the Child in His Arms

"Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart…

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary is a woodcut that is part of a series "Life of the Virgin" by Albrecht Dürer in 1504. A woodcut is created by carving an image on a wooden block and rolling ink over that surface and then printing it on paper.

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary is a woodcut that is part of a series "Life of the Virgin" by Albrecht…

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English artist Louis Davis. It seems to depict Baby Jesus and Mary with three angels surrounding them.

English Illustrated Magazine

This is a drawing that comes from the English Illustrated Magazine in 1892. It was created by English…

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:9-10 ASV
<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men following a star in search of the Christ child.

Journey of the Magi

"And lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the…

An illustration of an enameled clay relief of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Virgin Mary and Jesus

An illustration of an enameled clay relief of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

A painting by Johann Overbeck of St. John as a child.

The Naming of St. John

A painting by Johann Overbeck of St. John as a child.

This sculpture is a Bronze-relief by Ghiberti. It is of a man on his knees in the presence of Jesus. It can now be found on the North Door of the Bapistry in Florence, Italy.

Offering of the Wise Men

This sculpture is a Bronze-relief by Ghiberti. It is of a man on his knees in the presence of Jesus.…

This painting was one of Giotto's early works.  This painting can be found in the Arena Chapel in Padua.

The Presentation in the Temple

This painting was one of Giotto's early works. This painting can be found in the Arena Chapel in Padua.

"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks unto God, and spake of him to all them that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem." Luke 2:36-38 ASV
<p>The prophetess  Anna kneels before the infant Jesus who is held by Mary. Joseph looks on.

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple - Encounter with Anna

"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (she was of a…

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, that they might do concerning him after the custom of the law, then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in peace; For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel. And his father and his mother were marvelling at the things which were spoken concerning him; and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel; and for a sign which is spoken against; yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:25-25 ASV
<p>Illustration depicts Simeon holding the infant Jesus. Joseph looks on while Mary holds two turtledoves.

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple - Encounter with Simeon

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout,…

"And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord), and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Luke 2:22-24 ASV
<p>Illustration of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus in the temple forty days after his birth.

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

"And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought…

This Virgin and Child sculpture is done in a classical style.

Virgin and Child Sculpture

This Virgin and Child sculpture is done in a classical style.

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee. But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:26-33 ASV
<p>Illustration shows the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. Gabriel floats above the floor. He has large winds and hold a lily, the traditional symbol for Mary. Gabriel raises his right hand in blessing. Mary kneels on the floor, her hands pressed together and head downward.

The Annunciation, Gabriel Appears to Mary

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

From a Painting by Raphael, in the Museum at Naples

The Holy Family

From a Painting by Raphael, in the Museum at Naples

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of a woman holding a child. It is a Bas-relief that is hanging over the alter of a church in Florence, Italy.

Virgin and Child

This sculpture by the great artist, Donatello, is of a woman holding a child. It is a Bas-relief that…

"And Mary abode with her [Elizabeth] about three months, and returned unto her house." Luke 1:56 ASV
<p>Illustration of Mary and Elizabeth in the doorway of Elizabeth's dwelling. From its placement in the text, the illustration probably was intended to depict the departure of Mary from Elizabeth, rather than the more frequent scene of their initial greeting.

The Visitation - Mary Departs from Elizabeth's Home

"And Mary abode with her [Elizabeth] about three months, and returned unto her house." Luke 1:56 ASV…

"And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfilment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.! Luke 1:39-45 ASV
<p>Illustration of Mary greeting her cousin Elizabeth. They stand outside of a dwelling. Two women look on.

The Visitation - Mary Visits Elizabeth

"And Mary arose in these days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah; and entered…

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 KJV

Wise Men of the East Presenting Their Gifts

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down,…

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:11 ASV

<p>The illustration depicts three magi or wise men offering gifts to the Christ child held on Mary's lap. The setting is a stable with two oxen in the background.

Adoration of the Wise Men

"And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped…

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John." Luke 1:13 KJV

Zacharias Writing a Name for the Child

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall…