Friday, April 7, 2017

Morning Madonna

The oldest known image of Mary & Child in Rome. Legend has it that it was one of the many icons painted by St. Luke, though historians date it to the 5C.

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art.  In the 4C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art evolved & became grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private clients.