John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Advent 2007: Star of the Hero

Nicholas Roerich (1874 – 1947)
Star of the Hero, 1932
Tempera on canvas
Star of the Hero
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta

Today's work of art comes from the State of Georgia, as opposed to the Republic of Georgia. I've been to the former twice; the latter, not at all. The main reason I made my first trip to Georgia was to stay in a particular hotel. See, I had recently read about the then-new hotel chain called W. I thought W was a funny name for a hotel, so I decided I needed to stay in one. At the time, there were only two locations open: Atlanta and New York. I chose the former, because I'd never been to Atlanta. And it was substantially cheaper, as well.

Georgia, by the way, is another one of those states with an insufficiently developed online art collection. The Georgia Museum of Art has a really nice Madonna and Child by Basaiti, but the only image I could find of it was too small to use. This work by Nicholas Roerich is a little smaller than I usually like to use, but it's OK. Also, it may not be a work of Christmas art, though I think it's reasonable to assume that the figure in the lower right corner is one of those shepherds abiding in the fields one hears about so frequently this time of year. And it may or may not actually be in Georgia. It was part of a Roerich exhibition at Oglethorpe several years ago, but it's ambiguous as to whether it's part of the Oglethorpe's collection or on loan from the Roerich Museum in New York. I'm pretty sure it's the former, and frankly I'd rather not be told otherwise.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: Scott, "Father, Long Your People Waited"
2004: Mazur, St. Joseph Carving
2005: 'Twas only joy the angel sang
2006: Francis Pharcellus Church, "Is There a Santa Claus"

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