Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Grandpapa's Christmas Visitors 1871

Grandpapa's Christmas Visitors 1871 Appleton's Journal Christmas Edition

Thanks for children who fill the house at Christmas

Walther Firle (German artist, 1859–1929) The Fairy Tale

Morning Madonna

Jacob Jordaens (Flemish artist, 1593-1678) The Holy Family with an Angel

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.