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In natali domini

Looking at early nativity scenes and their symbolism. This one is from the Bergognone, a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. I am intrigued by the half rotten apple and the ” vitarca mudra” the Madonna is forming with her hands. … Continue reading

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Away in a manger

The nativity scenes at Christmas go back to St Francis of Asisi in the 13th century. Many churches in Austria have very elaborate, valuable and old pieces at display. This is a particularly beautiful one from Mariazell:

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Entre le boeuf et l’âne gris…

I came across this French Christmas carol and it made me ponder the symbolism of ox and ass  in a nativity scene. It is said that the ox knows it’s owner and the ass knows it’s master. Words coming to … Continue reading

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