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The Second Week of Advent: a Virtual Nativity Exhibit

By Jillian Ewalt

In this second week of Advent, the Marian Library shares a special exhibit of Nativity imagery from across its expansive collections — all united by one common theme: paper. Paper is a humble yet versatile medium. It has been used for centuries by artists across the globe to imagine and communicate the joyful mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ. 

The exhibit features imagery from biblical events including the journey to Bethlehem; the birth of Christ; the annunciation to the shepherds; the flight to Egypt; and Epiphany. Two special features highlight the pop-up paper crèches of Czech artist Vojtěch Kubašta and images of the Madonna and Child on stamps from around the world. 

Explore “On Paper: Nativity Imagery from the Marian Library” and watch the Curator Talk on YouTube. Professors Jillian Ewalt, Kayla Harris and Henry Handley showcase compelling items featured in the exhibit.

Remember to visit our virtual Advent wreath at each week of Advent to receive a new gift from the Marian Library. 

— Jillian Ewalt is an associate professor and librarian for visual resources in the Marian Library. 

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