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 Jairuss daughter at Copford in Essex is now on the site, as are two miracle scenes from Brook in Kent. Like the Passion, scenes from Christs 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 Sons) 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|
© Anne Marshall 2001