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Untitled (Nativity), 1983 Medium: chalk on black paper In this piece of work, Haring incorporates his use of his known symbol The Radiant Baby to symbolize the child of Christ in his rendition of the Nativity scene. He also included the Holy Family surrounding the Radiant Child, the shepherds, and Magi, but draws them in his own unique way. The 4 winged-men symbolize the angels surrounding the star in the sky beaming down upon the Radiant Child. The lines beaming off the Radiant Child “indicate spiritual light glowing from within, as though the baby were a holy figure from a religious painting, only the glow is rendered in the visual vocabulary of a cartoon,” says Haring. These specific elements reinforce the meaning of the piece by relating them to the original Nativity scene, establishing the same connection between the artist and his audience. http://www.haring.com/art_haring/images/radiantchrist_6.jpg
Untitled (Nativity), 1983 A closer look http://www.haring.com/art_haring/images/radiantchrist_6.jpg
The Nativity scene
The birth of Jesus Christ and those who were apart of the birth (the Holy Family, shepherds, Magi, and the angels), located in the manger
Primarily directed towards those who are believers/have faith in Jesus Christ
To portray the original Nativity scene from Haring’s point of view, using his own unique drawings, including his Radiant Baby symbol, shown here to represent the child of Christ
Keith Haring, because of the different elements that are significant to his style of art and the way he creates pictures. The Radiant Baby , for example, is the symbol that he is known for. The radiating lines from the angels, star, and baby, giving them a sense of movement that he is also known for in his art work.