I guess I am more of a Solstice person than a Christmas one…still there’s plenty of Christmasy art around (and much less of the Solstice variety).
I found this interesting list when looking for a particular image. I couldn’t find what I was thinking of – a vague memory of the perfect Madonna and child but I did like this one:
The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505 Raphael
I like Mary’s expression, tiredness, sadness maybe. Although she isn’t looking at the child, its seems to me to be a mother’s face. They are both very blonde though…
All in all I guess you can’t go wrong on this subject matter when done by any of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
My 5-year-old daughter asked me today why there were no pictures of Jesus around even though its Christmas – good point actually. Too many Santas if you ask me. I wonder if there is a collective noun for Santas? A sleigh? A flurry?
Whatever tomorrow means to you and yours, try to relax and enjoy it.
I leave you with Dylan Thomas – A Child’s Christmas in Wales and “the close and holy darkness”