Little Children Being Brought to Jesus (The Hundred Guilder Print), c. 1647-1649, Etching, Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn, 1606 -1669

Commentary by Hovak Najarian Related post B Proper 20 Art for September 23, 2012 In the Hundred Guilder Print, Rembrandt has combined several subjects taken from the nineteenth chapter of Mathew into a composite image. As a result it is known by several titles. Among them are: Little Children Being Brought to Jesus, Christ Healing … Continue reading “Little Children Being Brought to Jesus (The Hundred Guilder Print), c. 1647-1649, Etching, Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn, 1606 -1669”

Christ and the Canaanite Woman, c. 1650, Pen/Ink, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

Commentary by Hovak Najarian Related post B Proper 18, Art for September 9, 2012 Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn, began his career in Amsterdam where a large merchant class appreciated art and had the means to support it. He gained early success but managing money was not a high priority with him and during the … Continue reading “Christ and the Canaanite Woman, c. 1650, Pen/Ink, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)”

Christ in the House of Mary and Martha | Art for Proper 11C

Commentary by Hovak Najarian Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, oil on canvas, 1618, Diego Velázquez, 1599-1660 In the seventeenth century, Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn were the two most noted artists in northern Europe, and Diego Velázquez was the unrivaled master of painting in Spain. Velázquez … Continue reading “Christ in the House of Mary and Martha | Art for Proper 11C”

The Good Samaritan | Art for Proper 10C

Commentary by Hovak Najarian The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix), Oil on Canvas, 1890, Vincent van Gogh, 1853-1890 In response to a lawyer’s question, “And who is my neighbor?” Christ told a parable about a man who was traveling and beset by robbers. He was left lying by the roadside, stripped, beaten, and half dead. A … Continue reading “The Good Samaritan | Art for Proper 10C”

The Fallen Angel | Art for Proper 9C

Commentary by Hovak Najarian The Fallen Angel, Wood Engraving, 1866, Gustave Doré, 1832-1883 During the fifteenth century as painters increased their skills, it was noted their activity entailed more than physical labor. Their work was not the same as that of artisans whose activity often required repetitive handwork. Scholars became aware that critical thinking was … Continue reading “The Fallen Angel | Art for Proper 9C”

Prodigal Son in the Tavern | Art for Lent 4C

Luke 15:11 Then Jesus[a] said, “There was a man who had two sons. ______________ Commentary by Hovak Najarian Rembrandt and Saskia in the Scene of the Prodigal Son in the Tavern, 1635, Oil on Canvas, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606-1669 Like other young men in Holland during the early seventeenth century, Rembrandt’s formal education consisted of … Continue reading “Prodigal Son in the Tavern | Art for Lent 4C”

Prisoners Exercising | Art for Epiphany 3C

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ______________ Commentary … Continue reading “Prisoners Exercising | Art for Epiphany 3C”

Miracle of Cana | Art for Epiphany 2C

John 2:1-11 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. ______________ Commentary by Hovak Najarian Miracle of Cana, Gospel Book Cover, Ivory, c. 860-870, Artist Unknown Our sense of values is acquired partly through observations, direct experiences, and the process of enculturation. Among the materials … Continue reading “Miracle of Cana | Art for Epiphany 2C”