January 5th, 2011

Christmas, Advent

Advent Art: Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi

Eric Gill (1882–1940)
Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi, 1922
Portland stone relief with added colour
Nativity and the Adoration of the Magi
Collection of Sir Christopher Bland, United Kingdom

I previously considered other works by Eric Gill for this project, but this one spoke to me in a way the others didn't. It took me a while to track it down, and I still don't exactly know where it is in a geographical sense. My best guess is that that Sir Christopher lives in London, but I can't prove it.

Interesting guy, by the way. Not bland in the slightest, actually. He was on the Irish Olympic Fencing team in Rome in 1960; chaired the Board of Governors of the BBC for five years, during which he oversaw the creation of BBC Online; chaired the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's Hospitals Special Health Authority and the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust (which is what got him knighted); chaired British Telecom for six years; and currently is chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company. And in his spare time he collects art by Eric Gill.

Previous Advent posts:

2004: Journey of the Magi
2005: The Adoration of the Magi
2006: A Merry Christmas
2007: The Three Holy Kings
2008: Hand of the Madonna, Feet of the Child
2009: We Three Kings
2010: The Adoration of the Magi