Light Has Come!

Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Nativ­ity Paint­ing by Ger­ard Van Hon­thorst, 1622

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist Ger­ard Van Hon­thorst (1622) is a great exam­ple of this. The light that spreads from the infant Jesus, illu­mines the faces of those around him, sym­bolic of Jesus bring­ing light to the world.

Merry Christ­mas!

May your New Year be full of light, peace, and hope. See you in 2014!

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One Response to Light Has Come!

  1. lw February 11, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    Gor­geous!

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