Madonna and Child by Tytus Czyżewski (1882-1932), a Polish artist mainly based in Paris, designed this illustration based on traditional Christmas woodcuts for his book of carols. The artist was a painter, poet, playwright, co-founder of the Polish Expressionist group the Formists.
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.