Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nativity with St. Francis and St. Laurence

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(Italian, 1571-1610)
Nativity with St. Francis and St. Laurence, 1609
Oil on canvas
Caravaggio, of course, is always original. His Mary is in disarray, and slumps back in exhaustion - in fact, like any woman who has just given birth. Joseph gazes unblinkingly at the little form on the floor -  new life, so full of promise. The shepherds crowd around, talking among themselves. An angel hovers overhead, holding the banner that proclaims 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo'.
from a website of biblical art