Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sheep & Lambs in paintings of a few European & British Women & Children

Sheep began appearing in Western religious paintings early.  By the 17th century, lambs were showing up in non-religious portraits as well. These are a few of my favorites.

Anthonie Palamedesz. (Stevaerts, Stevens) (1601-1673) Child and Sheep, 1655


Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) Lady Belasyse


William Henesy (English artist 18th Century)  Baptist Noel 4th Earl of Gainsborough and His Wife Elizabeth with their Children

Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691) Girl with a Lamb


Elisabeth Sophie Cheron (1648-1711) Self Portrait

Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1743) Portrait of a Woman as St Agnes (Perhaps Catherine Voss)

James Francis Maubert (1666-1746) Portrait of Henrietta Duchess 
of Bolton

Joseph Wright Of Derby (1734-1797) Miss Frances Warren

Sir George Chalmers (1720-1791) Elizabeth and Mary Chichester

Joseph Wright Of Derby (1734-1797) Miss Frances Warren

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.