December 09

Being Warm

I had a hard time finding out much about this painting. Witz, a Swiss painter born in Germany, is known for painting three altarpieces that have only partially survived but I don’t believe this is from one of those altarpieces. I do know the larger piece it comes from is called “The Counsel of Redemption.” […]

December 05

Give Us This Day…

This painting is called “The Zemstvo Dines,” and was painted in 1872 by a Russian artist named Myasoedov Grigory Grigorievich. “What the heck is zemstvo?” you ask. It was a type of local government set up during post-reform Russia of the 1860s. It was meant to provide a common voice for all citizens, but it didn’t quite […]

December 02

“How Can This Be?”

Henry Ossawa Tanner was an African-American artist who fled the racial restrictions of America in the late 1800s and moved to Paris. There he enjoyed much success and by 1900, he was among the leading American artists. Many considered him the premier biblical painter of his day. Tanner’s depiction of the moment when the angel […]

November 25

Humility on Display

Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) was an English painter. Originally this painting depicted Jesus only partially clad, but this caused such an outcry that it remained unsold for several years, until Brown covered Christ with more robes. I love this depiction of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples on the night he was betrayed. Here we […]

November 22

Freedom from Want

Anyone above a certain age is familiar with Norman Rockwell. He was a beloved American author, painter and illustrator who had a knack for portraying a slice of everyday life in a single work. He is most famous for the cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post magazine and his sense of humor made people […]

November 20

Salome’s Dance

By Iman Maleki, Morteza Katouzian, ca. 1910 Many stories in the Bible are disturbing, like the beheading of John the Baptist. The story goes like this: Herod imprisoned John, but Herod’s wife, Herodias, would rather see John dead. That is because John has the nerve to tell Herod the truth—his marriage is wrong, because not […]

November 14

Who Do You Suppose Jesus to Be?

Italian painter Savoldo is noted for his subtle use of color and chiaroscuro, a term we were introduced to in the last post that refers to the dramatic use of light and dark. Savoldo was also noted for the sober realism of his works, which are mostly religious subjects. Mary Magdalene is here identified by […]