Monday, January 2, 2017

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Francesco Botticini (1446-1497) Angel from the San Sabastiano altarpiece, ca. 1476-79

Happy Holidays in the Snow

A Merry Christmas, & a Happy New Year in London, 1825

Happy Holidays in the Snow

A Merry Christmas, & a Happy New Year in London, 1825

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Italian (active 1500-1520 in Milan). Virgin and Child with Sts Elizabeth, John and Michael.

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.