It has been something of an on-going frustration that my sources of images for Reusable Art have so few Christmas images. I had hoped to have at least double the images that I did last year. Throughout the year I have added a number of new images and the current collection of wonderful vintage Christmas images includes this one which illustrates a portion of the true story of Christmas.
In a bit of a departure from fairies, flowers and other highly stylized images, this vintage Christmas image by Walter Crane looks like a wood block engraving. It depicts part of the Biblical story of Jesus’ birth in a bold and dramatic fashion.
With his typical flair for the dramatic, Crane transforms the clouds into the form of angels who are sent from God to tell three shepherds of Christ’s birth. This Christmas image is large enough (400×620) to use on a greeting card and was published in A book of Christmas Verse in 1895.
I chose this image as my image of the week because it is in keeping with the talented Crane’s body of work due to the clever way the angels appear out of the clouds.
To download the full-sized version, please visit Three Shepherds on Christmas Day.
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