This painting is approximately 36" x 60", is oil on canvas, was painted 1975-1976 by Peter Olsen and remains in his private collection. The symbolic realism style portrays the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ. The imagery is:
In the middle is Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes with Mary and Joseph.
Jesus is in the manger, which is shaped like a chalice.
The round white shape is like our world but like an egg.
The top part of the chalice is metal, the stem is brick, the base is marble - all elements of earth.
To the right of the manger is the stable; an ox is in front, and on the top is a donkey.
In the foreground are the Three Wise Men; the middle one has begun to worship Him; on the hill are the camels bearing gifts.
On the right hand side of the road are the Shepherds.
On the upper right hand are the angels who make �The Greatest of Announcements�.
On the upper left are twelve planets, symbolic of the twelve disciples who were to follow Jesus.
Above the manger is the Cross that would come in His future and the Star of Bethlehem is in the middle of the Cross.
The skull on the lower left is where Christ died - called Golgotha.
Just to the right of the donkey in the background is the destruction of Jerusalem in 70-80 AD.
November 25th, 2014
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