Sunday, April 20, 2014

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The Ressurrection of Christ & of Everyman by Stanley Spencer 1891-1959


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Reunion 1945


Spencer's Ressurrection paintings focused on the life after death of Everyman, the result of Christ's resurrection for all of mankind.  Spencer depicted graves opening in Cookham churchyards & other local settings with friends & neighbors & relatives arising to the sound of the Last Trumpet.  Spencer was not religious in the conventional sense & believed that organized “religion is a gloomy wretched thing, a depressing atmosphere.” Spencer’s spiritual world was dominated by the “Holy Spirit.” He had a vision of humanity bound together by “the imaginative powers which we all possess” in universal brotherly love.


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Cookham 1924-7


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959)  The Resurrection - Tidying, 1945


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection 1947


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Reunion 1945


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959)  The Resurrection Port Glasgow 1947-50


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Reunion 1945


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - The Reunion of Families 1945


 Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Waking Up 1945


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection -Detail - With the Raising of Jairus's Daughter 1947


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Waking Up 1945


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - Waking Up 1945


Stanley Spencer, (English painter, 1891-1959) The Resurrection - The Hill of Zion 1946


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Illuminated Manuscripts - The Empty Tomb



Christ appearing to 3 Marys - Bartolomeo Rigossi - Italian - Lombardy 1465


The St Albans Psalter, owned by St Godehard's Church, Hildesheim now at University of Aberdeen, Scotland Maries at the empty Tomb of Jesus.


British Library - Royal 6 E VI fol-13v Biblical cycle The Empty Tomb


Codex Vyšehradensis c. 1085 Manuscript (XIV- A. 13.) Státní Knihovna, Prague The Empty Tomb

Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were afraid.  And he saith unto them, Be not afraid: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is arisen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.  But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  Mark Chapter 16


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The Empty Tomb


1308-11 Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian artist, 1255-1319) The Holy Women at the Sepulchre


Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb Fra Angelico, 1441


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Benjamin West 1728-1820 on Easter


Benjamin West (American artist, 1738-1820). Detail Angel of the Lord Announcing the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to the 3 Marys at the Sepulchre, 1805.


I love the fierce turn that West took with this painting. Life everlasting & unconditional love & total forgiveness were powerful concepts - nothing to be trifled with. West had grown a lot, since he left Pennsylvania for England.

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Morning Madonnas - A few from the 1300s


Simone Martini (Italian painter, c 1285-1344) Maestà (detail) 1315


Wilton Diptych, Virgin and Child with Angels 1395


1310 Madonna and Child, c 1310-1315 (Master of the Albertini-Master of the Casole Fresco)


1315 Madonna and Child, c 1310-1315 Simone Martini (Italian painter, c 1285-1344)


1315 Madonna and Child, c 1312-1315 (Duccio) (fl. 1278-1319)


1320 Madonna and Child, c 1315-1330 (Pietro Lorenzetti) (ca. 1280-1348)


1325 Madonna and Child, (Ugolina da Siena-aka Ugolino di Nerio) (fl. 1317-1349)


1325 Madonna and Child, c 1325-1330 (Ugolino di Nerio) (fl, 1317-1349)


1325 Madonna and Child, ca. 1325 (Unknown follower of Giotto Bondone) (1266-1337)


1326 Madonna and Child,  (Unknown Artist, probably Sienese)


1335 Madonna and Child, (Lippo Memmi) (ca. 1291-1356)


1335 Madonna and Child, d. (Bernardo Daddi) (ca. 1290-1350)


1340 Madonna and Child, (Bernardo Daddi) (ca. 1290-1350)


1340 Madonna and Child, c 1335-1345 (Ambrogio Lorenzetti) (ca. 1290-1348)


1345 Madonna and Child with St. Anne, c 1340-1345  (Francesco Traini) (fl. 1321-1345)


1350 Madonna and Child, (Barna da Siena) (fl. 1330-1350)


1350 Madonna and Child, (Lippo Memmi) (ca. 1291-1356)


1350s Madonna of the Recommended, (Lippo Memmi) (ca 1291-1356)


1360s Madonna and Child, (Barnaba da Modena) (1328-1386)


1367 Madonna and Child, (Barnaba da Modena) (1328-1386)


1367 Madonna Madonna and Child, (Barnaba da Modena) (1328-1386) and Child


1375 Madonna and Child, c 1370's  (Paolo di Giovanni Fei) (ca. 1345-1411)


1375 Madonna and Child, ca. 1370-1375 (Barnaba da Modena) (1328-1386)


1380 Madonna and Child with Angels, (Spinello Aretino) (c1350-1410)



1380 Madonna and Child, (Antonio Veneziano) (1369-1419)


1386 Madonna and Child with Two Donors, d. (Cecco di Pietro) (fl. 1370-1386)

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.