Nativity with Angels and Wisemen, 1965
Oil on Board
16.5 x 14.75 in
In this painting, Clementine Hunter's reveals her religious influence. This is a painting of the New Testament story of the birth of Jesus. In her version, all participants are African American. On the left we see Mary sitting with the baby Jesus on her lap. In the center, we see a red building that we can assume is the manger. In the doorway, we see what appears to be hay or more probable, raw, unprocessed cotton billowing out. Above, are two angels who have led the three wise men to the place of Jesus' birth. The three wise men are shown bearing gifts.