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Angels Appear to the Shepherds in the Fields

This painting has little of the feel of the landscape of the Holy Land. The artist was Dutch, and he has placed the scene in a European landscape, dressing the people in the clothing of his time.

1656 (oil on canvas), Berchem, Nicolaes Pietersz. (1620-83) © Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Luke 2

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."