Art for Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus! (Honthorst)

Christmas. How to select ONE single piece of art to represent Christmas from countless paintings in different styles of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world? I selected a simple one of the holy family; no shepherds, no magi, no fancy trappings to clutter up the scene by an artist whose work lights up the event!

Art for The Annunciation: Mary’s Miracle (Campin)

The Annunciation is an integral part of the Christmas Advent season. One of my favorite renditions of this scene is the Merode Altarpiece. It is a treasure of the Met Cloisters, atop a hill hidden in the far north end of New York City’s Manhattan Island. It is a true blend of medieval and modern in our own country.

A Dome. . . A Birthday. . . A Trip to Israel

Jerusalem’s “Dome on the Rock” on Temple Mount, sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims, is iconic for the Old City. My last trip to Jerusalem also commemorates my most memorable birthday!

Art for Easter: The Resurrection of Christ (Grunewald)

On this unusual Easter 2020 when gatherings are non-existent, let’s reflect in why we celebrate: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This alone sets Christianity apart from other religions and gives us hope. For me, this painting stands apart in portraying the power and might of the event and the glory of the risen Savior!