I’m excited to let you know that I’m now a regular blogger at chrysolis.org. Chrysolis is an organisation which aims to help people relate the story of Jesus to all of life. It seems a little premature to call myself a ‘regular blogger’ after one post, but that’s the intention. You can read my first … Continue reading An Exciting Announcement!
With the big day just a few hours away, here’s a little something for Christmas. It’s a painting called “The Mystical Nativity” (or rather, that’s what it has come to be known as), and it was painted by Sandro Botticelli in Italy around 1500-1501. And I’m seriously loving it at the moment!
An etching by Rembrandt, called, “The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds” (1634). The terrified shepherds flee as heaven bursts open with the news that Christ has been born.
Whether or not you liked the BBC’s offering, but there have been some interesting takes on the Christmas story floating about on youtube this year. I’m a massive fan of facebook, so A Social Network Christmas really appealed to me, in terms our socially-networked culture can really get hold of.
On this year’s Royal Variety Performance, Michael McIntyre joked, “in December we forget every piece of music that was ever written, and focus entirely on the same 15 songs over and over and over again…” And he wasn’t just talking about the X factor. He was talking about the Christmas songs we love to love every year, from around mid-September.
As Christmas is approaching, I thought I’d post a few pieces of Christmassy art over the next few days. And today I’m starting with two paintings, one painted in the first half of the 17th Century, towards the end of the Renaissance. I don’t claim to be an expert, or even to know much at all about this kind of painting, but I love the way these guys captured what was going on as Jesus was born.
This is possibly one of the most wonderful advent calendars I’ve ever seen. I’ve been following it for a couple of days, and I love it! Each day features an piece of artwork or text, accompanied by a piece of music. Some of the pieces are thought provoking, others are just really beautiful, and the music is a great accompaniment.