The infant Jesus, the gentle mother Mary,
the steadfast Joseph, the resplendent angels,
the shepherds with their lambs, the little manger,
the cows and the donkeys ~
this familiar story from the New Testament has generated
a priceless heritage of paintings over the ages of Western art.
Each year, Professor Fredlund brings
new artists and new images
for this popular presentation that has become
a tradition at the Institute and a wonderful way
to enter into the beauty of Christmas!
William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.