Saturday, August 11, 2018

Madonna attributed to Dutch painter Gerrit van Honthorst 1590–1656

Attributed to Gerard van Honthorst (Dutch painter, 1590-1656) Adoration of the Shepherds

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.