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. Portraits of The Virgin Mary began to be popular, after the 431 AD Council of Ephesus declared Mary to be the Mother of God. By the 5C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art was evolving & becoming grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private patrons.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Morning Madonna

Cimabue (Italian Byzantine Style Painter, c 1240-1302) The Madonna in Majesty (Maestà) 1285-86

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Ignacio Chacón (Active in 1745-1775 in Cuzco, Peru) Madonna and Child with Bird c 1765

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Morning Madonna

Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255-1319) Detail The Maesta

The Maestà, considered Duccio di Buoninsegna's (1255-1319) masterpiece, was commissioned on Oct. 9, 1308, for the main altar of the Cathedral in Siena & was carried in triumph from Duccio's studio to the Cathedral on June 9, 1311. The Maestà is painted on both sides. The front depicts the Madonna enthroned with saints & angels. In the predella, spandrels, & pinnacles are scenes from the life of the Virgin & portraits of the Prophets. The back is decorated with small panels depicting the life & Passion of Christ.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Morning Madonna

Giovan Pietro Rizzoli, called Giampietrino (c 1485–Milan-1553). The Madonna and Child 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Quentin Massys (Belgian painter, 1466-1530) Rest on the Flight into Egypt, about 1509-13

Monday, September 3, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Madonna at the Temple

After an icon by Theophanes the Cretan, 1535, Great Lavra Monastery on Mount Athos

Upon bringing Jesus into the temple, they encountered Simeon. The Gospel records that Simeon had been promised that "he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ" (Luke 2:26). Simeon prayed the prayer that would become known as the Nunc Dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus: "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace; according to Thy word: for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people: to be a light to lighten the gentiles and to be the glory of Thy people Israel." (Luke 2:29-32).

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Icon Russian Icon, The Virgin Hodegetria of Tikhvin (mid-16C from the Moscow School)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian painter, 1439-1502) Adoration

Wednesday, August 29, 2018