Christmas - Ghirlandaio
Christmas - Ghirlandaio
19.25" x 31.25" Paper Print
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Christmas-Ghirlandaio brings the bright and beautiful majesty of the earthly arrival of Jesus Christ while recalling the meaningful holy landmarks leading up to, through, and beyond the Christmas season. It serves as a prayerful Advent meditation tool for children and grownups alike. This is my largest Christmas artwork; after matting with a 2" border all around, it fits into a standard 24" x 36" frame size. It could also be floated in glass within that frame size.
This mosaic starts with Genesis and extends into the New Testament and the earth-shaking arrival of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, Savior of the World. It is appropriate for Advent through the Epiphany seasons, or for any church or home that wishes to remember the vibrancy of the earthly arrival of the Son of Man.
All the major events surrounding the Birth of Christ are included in this richly colorful art mosaic. Following the Annunciation is the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth; the Nativity; the Adoration of the Shepherds; the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple; the Magi’s arrival; and the Flight to Egypt. Icons of the Virgin and Child and other pointed portrayals of beautiful nativity-related artwork abound as well.
Christmas-Ghirlandaio covers the many months before the Birth of Christ with the beautifully depicted Annunciation artworks of the great masters. One of my favorite elements within some Annunciation works is when the image of Adam and Eve being expelled from Eden is included in the far away background of the artwork. I’ve included a couple of large examples of this portrayal. The reminder of our need for a Savior is so poignant with the appearance of our great grandparents Adam and Eve, even as the beautiful angel tells Mother Mary the thrilling imminent news of Emmanuel to be the Sacrificial Lamb of the world.
This art piece is named for Ghirlandaio, the creator of the large masterpiece in the left upper middle that depicts the baby with Mary and Joseph and the Adoration of the Shepherds. I love the hand to the forehead that is shown on Joseph. He seems to be looking in amazement towards the procession of arriving Magi, followed by lines of other followers. One can imagine that we in present day are included in that line of people being led on the way towards the Messiah. Joseph seems to be struggling with the comprehension of this. This is the stuff of meaningful spiritual meditation.