Gari Melchers Presents Illustrated Series

Gari Melchers Home and Studio presented “Laud to the Nativity: Images of Christ’s Birth through the Ages” on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. This illustrated series featured Curator Joanna Catron’s investigation of Christian pictorial art.

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932) The Nativity, 1891, oil on canvas, Gari Melchers Home and Studio, University of Mary Washington

Gari Melchers (American, 1860-1932)
The Nativity, 1891, oil on canvas, Gari Melchers Home and Studio, University of Mary Washington

“The Nativity scene is a very old subject with complex meaning,” said Catron. “I uncover the origins of the Nativity’s cast of characters, their theological underpinnings, and the richly varied way in which the holy imagination has fostered a connection with God through this 2,000-year visual tradition.”

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by UMW, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit the museum’s website.