B Nativity, Art for Readings for December 25, 2011

A Guide to Byzantine Icons
Many thanks to Fr. Rondeau for this link.
Click to open this extensive site and explore icons.

The Nativity
Russian Icon
School of Novgorod
XVth century

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B Advent 4, Art for Readings for December 18, 2011

GIOVANNI DI TURINO
(b. ca. 1384, Siena, d. ca. 1455, Siena)
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Madonna of the Magnificat
1420
Polychrome wood, height 133 cm
Sant’Agostino, Siena


Click to open Web Gallery of Art display page. Click on their image to enlarge/fit page etc. Use maximum magnification (200%) to see “The Magnificat” carved in Mary’s mantle hem.

B Advent 3, Art for December 11, 2011

CLOUET, Jean
(b. 1485/90, Bruxelles, d. 1541, Paris)
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Portrait of François I as St John the Baptist
1518
Oil on wood, 96 x 79 cm
Privare collection

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Click for Clouet’s portrait of Francois I in normal garb. Click on the image to enlarge/fit page etc.



Francois I of France was a contemporary of Henry VIII. He seems to have attempted at times to steer a conciliatory course during the Reformation, before eventually pursuing tactics typical of a monarch of his times. Click to open the Wikipedia article on Francois I.

B Advent 2, Art for December 4, 2011

LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
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St John the Baptist
1513-16
Oil on panel, 69 x 57 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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