Thursday, November 16, 2017

Morning Madonna

Madonna and Child with Pea Bean Blossom by Master of Saint Veronica (Northern Renaissance German artist, flourished c1395-1420) Detail  Cologne Triptych 1400-15

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.

Note:  This Madonna has been attributed variously to "Meister Wilhelm" (one of the names from the painters' guild register in Cologne); the Master of the Golden Panel (Cuttler); and the Veronica Master (W.-R. Museum) It is a house-altar, reported to be from the former rectory of St. Mary's church. On the two wings, not shown here, are full-length depictions of Sts. Catherine & Barbara. The center panel is a half-length Madonna & Child of the basic Byzantine Eleousa (embracing) type.