Donatello’s The Annunciation

Welcome to day 9. I’m excited that today we get to examine a work by one of the esteemed Ninja Turtles… Donatello. Born Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, he is generally referred to as Donatello. (Thank Goodness!) Of the great High Renaissance Master’s, only Michelangelo outranks him. Donatello lived from 1386-1466, The other Ninja […] Read More

Robert Campin’s The Annunciation

Welcome to Day 8. Today we are moving north into Flanders, or modern day Belgium, which was part of France in the 1300’s. It’s confusing, and fascinating to trace the geography, but that is for another time.  What is important is that Robert Campin was part of the Northern Renaissance. The work we will be […] Read More

The Limbourg Brother’s Book of Hours

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his […] Read More

Simone Martini’s The Annunciation

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and […] Read More

The Nativity in Duccio’s Maesta.

Welcome to day 4 of our tour of Nativity art. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 In the last article […] Read More

Giotto and the Arena Chapel

Welcome to day 3. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  Luke 2:6 In a Northeast corner of Italy is the city of Padua. Even in 1303, Padua was a cosmopolitan center boasting a prestigious University. One of the residents was a man named […] Read More