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Hope You Had a Merry Christmas

January 9th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

Today, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, ends the Christmas season. You may now take down the manger, and the rest of your Christmas decorations, and store them until next December 25.

We described and explained the Eastern or Byzantine icon of the Baptism here. Let’s celebrate today by looking at a few interpretations of the Baptism of the Lord in the Western style. Compare and contrast these with the Byzantine icon; note similarities as well as differences. Pick 2 or 3 and see if you can determined what each artist is specifically trying to express (say, stress) about the Baptism?

(Click on the pictures for larger images)

Andrea del Verrocchio, 1472-1475

El Greco, 1597-1600

William Blake, ca. 1800

Giotto Bondone, ca. 1305

Francesco Trevisani, 1723

Unknow Egyptian Artist,



2 Responses to “Hope You Had a Merry Christmas”

  1. Faithful says:

    Thanks for depressing me! Christmas is over! Ordinary Time as of tommrow and Lent in March. Blah!

    October through December is my absolute favorite time of the year. I am sorry to see it come to and end until next year!

  2. Persis says:

    These are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!
    The last one is my favorite! 🙂

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