Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Christmas Carol

John Leech, Fezziwig’s Ball frontspiece for A Christmas Carol Title page-1st edition 1843

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Italian (active around 1450 in Tuscany). Madonna and Child with a Goldfinch.

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 a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.