Adriaen van de Velde c. 1665…

... and thus begins the annual Lenten tradition at blog of featuring daily art relating to our Lord's Passion. In addition, this year I will be including one link to another blog or Lenten resource to accompany the provided visual aid. I may even include a reading recommendation or two.Today's links are; Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families and The Bright Sadness - Lent in the Eastern Catholic Tradition … [Read more...]

Those Dutch knew how to throw a party…

aint no party like a Dutch 15th century party

... Merrymakers at Shrovetide or "Vastenavond" by Frans Hals c. 1616-17Don't you love the crass revelry depicted here - the crude finger gestures and is that dude in the back giving me the two finger salute or just throwing a gang sign?Two of the figures are recognizable as stock characters from comic theater, "Peeckelhaering" (Pickled Herring), with the garland of eggs and sausages, and Hans Wurst with sausages on his cap. If you are familar with Hals you may also recognize the … [Read more...]

Candlemas…

Luke 2:34-35:And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.WEYDEN, Rogier van der Weyden, St. Columba Altarpiece (detail of the Presentation) c. 1455. Oil on oak panel, Alte Pinakothek, Munich. … [Read more...]

modern art that doesn’t make Baby Jesus cry…

... in the Adoration chapel of my parish is this painting by Louis Guidett.Breathtaking isn't She? At one point I sneaked in the chapel while they were still doing construction and took a few pictures with my chintzy little cell phone but the images did not do justice to the color and detail of this wonderful piece [*Posting those images from my phone would have been a crime]. So here is a detail from the artist's webpage. Guidett studied at the Lorenzo de Medici's School of Art, and … [Read more...]

keeping Christmas in Christmas…

... I find it ironic that so many of the very same people that demand we keep "Christ" in Christmas fail to even observe Christmas during the actual Christmas season. Again and again, it is still Christmas. Christmas doesn't end on December 26th, it is just beginning. Nor does it end on January 1st. Settle down, take a deep breath and enjoy the still of winter accompanied by the warm glow of the Christmas tree just a little bit longer.Advent can be a crazy time for many, treated as … [Read more...]

Antoniazzo Romano…

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The Nativity, Willem Benson…

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it’s still Christmas…

... I hope you all had a very Merry and blessed Christmas and will continue to do so for the rest of the season. Yes, it's still Christmas. To celebrate, I will be posting a daily art feature for Christmastide. Enjoy.Nativity by Ortolano Ferrarese, c.1520's … [Read more...]

Agnolo Bronzino …

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