December 4, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus, December 04

Virgin and Child Masaccio 1426 Egg tempera on poplar I thought it’d be a nice idea to skip over to Italy for today’s Naked Baby Jesus and have a look at a Florentine treatment of the subject. At the time when Flemish artists like Jan...

December 3, 2012

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus, December 03

Today’s naked Baby Jesus is by one of my very favourite painters, Jan van Eyck, and is a detail from this painting: The Madonna of Canon van der Paele Jan van Eyck 1436 Oil on panel 122 x 157 cm The painting focuses on the...

December 2, 2012

Link to Naked Baby Jesus, December 02

Advent Art History: Naked Baby Jesus, December 02

Welcome to the Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar, Day Two! This is one of my favourite paintings of the late fourteenth century. There are many reasons I love this work, and the way the infant Christ clasps hold of St Simeon’s beard is only one...

December 1, 2012

Advent Art History: The Naked Baby Jesus Advent Calendar: December 01

Back in 2007, I was moved to share my enthusiasm for late medieval and early Renaissance art on my Livejournal. There was a bit of a furore at the time about censorship and nudity, with certain camps arguing from the viewpoint that all nudity was...