Baby Jesus Soothed with Bagpipes


This painting, The Adoration of the Shepherds, is (of course) owned by the National Galleries of Scotland. It shows one shepherd worshipping the newborn Jesus with his bagpipes. The Seventeenth Century Italian painter Domenichino understood that nothing settles a baby like gentle tones from the old pipes.

Link -via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: National Galleries of Scotland

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It's also been posited that Nero wasn't a player of the fiddle, but the bagpipe, which is ancient indeed and originated in the classical world.
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There's an old French carol which, when translated, reads:
"He is born the holy child,
Play the oboe and bagpipes merrily,
He is born the holy child,
Sing we now of our saviour mild."
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