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Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 24

I have chosen another of my very favourite Christmas-related fifteenth-century works for the final entry in this advent calendar: Larger version here And this is the whole thing: Adoration of the Magi Gentile da Fabriano 1423 From the Strozzi Chapel, the Church of Sta. Triniata,...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 23

The Circumcision of Christ Master of the Tucher Altar c.1440-50 Mixed Media For the day before Christmas Eve, I bring you a very naked baby Jesus indeed, and a subject that we might not today expect anyone to have painted. But it was an important...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 22

Presentation at the Temple Master of the Polling Panels 1444 Mixed technique on wood This painting has the same subject as the scene from Melchior Broederlam’s Dijon Altarpiece that I used for the first day of this calendar. The painter’s name is unknown, and so...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 21

The Virgin of the Rose Garden Stephan Lochner c.1448 51 x 40cm This is a very courtly image, where the Virgin and Child are surrounded by musicians, in a reflection of the kind of entertainment available to contemporary royal women. Another courtly touch is her...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 20

Virgin and Child Enthroned Hans Memling c.1480-1490 Oil on panel, 81 x 55 cm For a closeup, click here and then click on the image. This is one of Hans Memling’s lesser known works, probably because it isn’t kept with the canon of his great...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 19

The Master of Flemalle (identificed as Robert Campin) Virgin and Child in an Interior c. 1435 22.5 x 15.4 cm Click here and then click once on the image for a close-up. It’s very worthwhile 😀 Earlier this month, I posted Robert Campin’s Virgin and...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 18

The Virgin and Child, from the Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove 1487 Hans Memling And here’s the whole diptych: This is one of my favourite late fifteenth-century images. Maarten van Nieuwenhove is shown in his own home, or an artistic reimagining of his home. His...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 17

The Adoration of the Magi Late 1480s Gerard David This illumination is from the Breviary of Isabella of Castile (Add. MS 18851, f. 41). Gerard David, like most painters of his time, worked on panel paintings, illuminations, and just about everything else that could be...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 16

The Adoration, with the Infant Baptist and St. Bernard. Fra Filippo Lippi c.1459. Tempera on panel. We’ve seen a few works by artists who were trained by Filippo Lippi already this month, so I thought that I would show you one of my favourite works...

Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 15

The Virgin of the Rocks (The Virgin with the Infant Saint John adoring the Infant Christ accompanied by an Angel) c.1491-1508 Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519 You can enlarge the image if you follow this link. The National Gallery website has some good general...

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