Friday, December 23, 2011

The Nativity

For me, the greatest contribution of historical Christianity to the world has been its powerful art, and every year I try to pay homage to that idea with a fresh display of work by artists familiar and unfamiliar. This one is by the Englishman Robert Campin (c. 1380-1444), also known as the Master of Flemalle. The painting, executed c. 1425-1430, is in the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, and has been hailed as an early masterpiece of the use of landscape. Click on the painting for a larger version.

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