“The Mystical Nativity” by Sandro Botticelli

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!


The Art of Christmas: Music

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.

According to the Performing Rights Society, the top ten most played Christmas songs are:

The Art of Christmas: Painting

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.