English Medieval Paintings of the Life of Virgin/Infancy of Christ, Introduction
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The Infancy & Earlier life of Christ : Introduction & Links

Within this category belong scenes from the Nativity of Christ up to his Baptism. Scenes of his earthly ministry, such as the Miracles, are so rare as to be almost non-existent, but the Raising of Jairus’s daughter at Copford in Essex is now on the site, as are two miracle scenes from Brook in Kent. Like the Passion, scenes from Christ’s Infancy proper were often painted as a cycle, sometimes starting with the Annunciation or with even earlier legendary scenes from the Life of the Virgin (this is where scenes of her Life overlap with her Son’s) and continuing up to the Flight into Egypt. The Adoration of the Magi was one of the most popular subjects in the Cycle, as was the Massacre of the Innocents, which, like the scenes of cruelty within the Passion Cycle, was often unsparing in detail. Herod sometimes appears, brandishing his curved sword or falchion.

As a general rule though, Infancy Cycles have fared even worse than Passion Cycles when it comes to preservation. There are comparatively few left and none is complete.

Links to Infancy Scenes
Annunciation to the Shepherds/Nativity, Ashampstead, Berkshire Nativity, Corby Glen, Lincs King Herod, with two Magi and other Nativity scenes, Corby Glen, Lincolnshire Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Wissington, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi, Black Bourton, Oxon.
Adoration of the Magi, Edstaston, Shropshire Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi/Presentation in the Temple, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi, Heydon, Norfolk Adoration of the Magi, Pinvin, Worcs
Adoration of the Magi, Salisbury (St. Thomas) Wilts Adoration of the Shepherds/Magi, Thornham Parva, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi/Dream of the Magi, Wissington, Suffolk Three Magi, Burton Dassett, Warwicks. Nativity, with 2 curious Jews, Burton Dassett, Warwicks. NEW
Massacre of the Innocents/Presentation in the Temple, Kelmscott, Oxon. Flight into Egypt, Croughton, Northants Miracle of the Clay Birds, Shorthampton, Oxon. Baptism of Christ, Black Bourton, Oxon. Infancy Cycle, Brook, Kent
Nativity scenes, with Annunciation to Shepherds, Hardham, Sussex NEW Flight into Egypt/Fall of the Idols/Dispute with the Doctors/Baptism of Christ, Hardham, Sussex NEW

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Anne Marshall 2001