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Artistic Advent: The Madonna of Humility

Today's Advent artwork is dedicated to certainthings, from whom I recently received a Christmas card! Thanks!

Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455)
The Madonna of Humility, c. 1430
tempera on panel
The Madonna of Humility
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

In this painting, Florentine artist Fra Angelico answers an age-old question: what would the baby Jesus look like if He was stoned? OK, not really, but look at this detail image and tell me that He doesn’t look high. You can practically hear Him saying, “Dude, I am so wasted!”

Incidentally, the work of art I originally had scheduled for today was from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, but their web site is down, so I couldn’t copy the image to my own webspace (I'm no bandwidth pirate! As for other forms of piracy, such as posting copyrighted works of art without permission, I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me). So I had to bump up The Madonna of Humility by one day. The work that would have appeared today will instead appear tomorrow, assuming the SAAM has its act together by then.
Tags: advent: 2004, art: painting
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