December 10th, 2007

Christmas, Advent

Advent 2007: Flight into Egypt

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Flight into Egypt, circa 1503
Woodcut on paper
Flight into Egypt
Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

Today's work of art comes from the small but mighty state of Connecticut, which I've been to just once, not counting the times I've driven or ridden through it without stopping on the way to other places. (Well, I guess I stopped there when I rode the train up to Boston that one time, but I didn't disembark, so it's not like I was really there.) But one time, as I was driving home from a business trip to Boston, I decided to stop in New York to see a Jackson Pollack exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. The timing was such that I couldn't just drive to New York, see the exhibit, and continue home, so instead I drove to Stamford, Connecticut, stayed overnight, attended a church service at the First Presbyterian Church there in Stamford, then hit the museum. Thus was Connecticut visited by me.

As for the art, I do love me some Dürer. His painting of a young hare was, among the first works of art I remember seeing, as a reproduction of it hung in the third grade hallway of my elementary school. It may very well still be there, actually.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Make We Joy
2004: Penfield, Merry Xmas 1921
2005: The Night Before Christmas
2006: Wendell Berry, "Our Christmas Tree"

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