Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas at the Met

Dieric Bouts (Netherlandish, Haarlem, active by 1457–died 1475) Virgin & Child c 1455


Workshop of Dieric Bouts (Netherlandish, Haarlem, active by 1457–died 1475) Virgin & Child


Vittore Crivelli (Italian, active c 1465–d 1502) Madonna & Child with 2 Angels

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Spanish (first half of 15th century) Madonna and Child with Angels Playing Music

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.