December 14, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 14

The Virgin Adoring the Child Sandro Botticelli 1490 Sandro Botticelli is another one of those Florentines who we know by his nickname (it means little barrell). His given name was Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He was a student of Fra Filipo Lippi, who you may...

December 13, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 13

Detail of Virgin with Child between St. Stephen and John the Baptist Filippino Lippi 1503 Filippino Lippi was the son of famous fifteenth-century Florentine painter Fra Filipppo Lippi, a monk who was reported to have had several children with an assortment of different nuns. Filippino...

December 12, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 12

Central panel of the St Lucy Altarpiece Domenico Veneziano 1445-47 Tempera on panel 209 x 216 cm This kind of painting is called a sacra conversazione (sacred conversation) because the Virgin and Child inhabit the same perspectival space as the saints; the architecture and space...

December 11, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar – December 11

The Virgin of Humility c.1436-38 Fra Angelico (Italian, 1390/5-1455) Tempera on panel 29 1/8 x 24 inches Fra Angelico was a monk and painter in Florence. Like with a lot of early Renaissance artists, Fra Angelico wasn’t actually his name, it was a name given...

December 10, 2012

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Advent Art History: The Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar, December 10

Virgin and Child with Saints Barbara and Elizabeth and the donor, Jan Vos Jan van Eyck 1441-3 Oil on panel Here’s a detail of the Virgin and Child: We’re back to Jan van Eyck again today simply because he was one of the finest painters...

December 9, 2012

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Advent Art History: The Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar, December 09

Virgin and Child Juan de Flandes c1510 I’ve chosen today’s painting for the composition. In this painting, the Christ Child is supported by a ledge. This was a common pictorial device in the second half of the fifteenth century. Ledges are generally there to lead...

December 8, 2012

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Virgin and Child with a Saint Bartolomeo Montagna (c1440 – 1523) c1483 -99 37.8 x 36.5cm For today, I’ve chosen a painting that I haven’t actually studied, but that I found when looking for works by Carlo Crivelli, and was captivated by because it’s so...

December 7, 2012

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Happy Friday! Today’s nude baby Jesus is taking from another of my favourite paintings: The Virgin and Child with Chancellor Rolin Jan van Eyck c1433-35 Oil on wood The patron, Nicholas Rolin, was Chancellor to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy. In the image below,...

December 6, 2012

Advent Art History: The Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar, December 06

Virgin and Child from the Melun Diptych Jean Fouquet c.1453-4 This is the right panel from a private devotional work called the Melun Diptych, named after Melun Cathedral, where it used to be kept. It was painted in France, where they worked in a tradition...

December 5, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus, December 05

The Virgin and Child Before a Firescreen Robert Campin (The Master of Flemalle) c.1425-30 Back in Flanders today. Robert Campin worked at around the same time as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. This image is one of the first of a new...

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