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The Nativity Art Trail
The Star of Bethlehem (1887-1891) by by Birmingham-born artists Edward Burne-Jones and Henry Payne.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery are celebrating the true spirit of Christmas with the return of the Nativity Art Trail through its galleries.

The trail shows some of the many ways great artists have portrayed the birth of Jesus over five hundred years.

Artworks depict the holy family and the nativity scene.

Returning favourites include The Star of Bethlehem by Birmingham-born artists Edward Burne-Jones and Henry Payne.

The Nativity art trail
Train commuters can see master pieces on their journey

Supported by a marketing campaign, the city's great masterworks have been blown up to billboard size and appear on sites around the city centre, including New Street Station, the city's expressway, as well as London underground escalator panels.

Magnificent art collections

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said:

"The Nativity Art Trail is at the heart of Birmingham's traditional Christmas festivities and is truly celebrating the meaning of Christmas. I am very proud to see the city's magnificent art collections, some of the finest in Europe, literally taken out to the streets and blown up to billboard size for hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city to see."

The Nativity Art Trail
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1615-20 by Orazio Gentileschi

Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1520-1540 by Bonifazio de'Pitati, can be seen at New Street Station, whilst others include Peace and Goodwill, 1922, by Henry Payne, the Triptych, 1510-1552, by Adriaen Isenbrandt and The Annunciation, 1858, by Arthur Hughes, in locations as far as Stirchley and as close to the city centre as the Aston Expressway.

The Trail finishes 6 January 2010 and hopes to encourage families' exploration into the traditional elements of Christmas.

Visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery website for more information about the Nativity Art Trail.




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