Monthly Archives: December 2012

Angels everywhere

Here is another Giotto angel. Rather elegant and composed…  

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Winged bringers of joy

A Giotto angel…one of his wondrous, birdlike creatures. Maybe this is how people saw them in the early 14th century ? Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous … Continue reading

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The earliest moon of wintertime

Another nativity by the visionary Giotto.- This one, from the early 1300 is clearly showing the advent from the traditional Byzantine treatment to features of the early Renaissance.  The nativity is a scene from a fresco in Assisi. Nobody painted … Continue reading

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The unified view

Walt Whitman. The humanist expressing the unified view. I Celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean … Continue reading

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Rejoice

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is the  Gaudete Sunday and  a rose-coloured candle is lit on the advent wreath. (A proper advent wreath has 3 violet and one rose coloured candle) Gaudete means “rejoice” … When I looked for suitable music, … Continue reading

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A conscious unity with reality

Adyashanti’s beautiful enquiry on the art and wisdom of non-doing Enjoy

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A human expression

Another Giotto Madonna… This is from his earlier work, still in the fashion of the Byzantine style but about to break free. Maybe this is why I am so drawn to Giotto. His artwork is all about giving the divine … Continue reading

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Away in a mager

I absolutely adore Giotto. Giotto di Bondone (1266 –  1337), better known simply as Giotto, was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Italian Renaissance. This … Continue reading

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Wo, wo, wo ?

My favorite nativity paintings are those of Giotto Bondone ( ca 1300) (wo,wo,wo means where, where, where – from the text of the attached christmas cantata) Michael Praetorius, In natali Domini In natali Domini clamant mortales ex singuli: Wo ist … Continue reading

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Let the spirit fill the air

I love nativities for their beauty and symbolism. This one is from an unknown Austrian artist ca 1400. Note the two young midwives and ox and ass, warming the manger with their breath…. Tempera on walnut, 41 x 29,5 cm … Continue reading

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