Well, Christmastime has come once again. Or the non-denominational winter holiday of your choice. But for purposes of this post, we’re looking at a representation of the birth of Jesus Christ, in part because there are lots of such paintings, and in part because what kind of Kwanzaa-Chanukkah-mas art is available in the public domain?
(Note: there is probably lots of it, and it is probably pretty hilarious, but I am too busy to look right now.)
Amongst the wide offerings available on the theme of Jesus-birth, we’re going with one by 15th century Italian artist Antonio Vivarini. As we all know, the story goes that Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room in the inn, and then a couple of shepherds and/or some wise guys turn up later on because his birth horoscope said that the stars would bring him presents of metal and things to burn.
Well, it looks like there must be plenty of room at the inn now, because the entire country has turned out to see the baby. And what kind of jerk wouldn’t give up his room to a family with a newborn? Heck, I’m pretty sure some of those guys must be traveling with tents or a cozy motorhome with pop-out beds. But apparently they are all jerks, because out in the open Baby remains, surrounded by incredibly sullen people.
Seriously, look at these guys. This is just a small sampling, but nobody in the crowd looks happy to be there. They’ve presumably come to pay homage to the newborn king, or because their daily horoscope said to hang around mangers for good fortune, or because they’ve been having visions of angels, but all of them look like they’d rather be home watching Judge Judy. Even the parents.
The only excited ones? The angels. But I think they are excited because they have didgeridoos to announce the news, and who wouldn’t want to fly around with a didgeridoo?
Above the baby is a pigeon emitting lightning. I assume this was the pre-evolved form of Pikachu.
Finally we have Baby Jesus himself, who is perhaps the most annoyed person there, as evidenced by the fact that he is kicking an old man in the face. He must pack quite a kick, as the man has a cartoon-style shock aura around his head. I kind of like the idea of kung-fu baby Jesus, irritated that all these people have come to sulk around him, but nobody is willing to give him a friggin’ bed indoors.