Shepherds and Angel

1960, OIL ON CANVAS

With a palette likened to that of Maxfield Parrish, Polasek’s simple painting is a timeless holiday image inspired by the New Testament’s Book of Luke. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:8 – 11 (NIV)”