Arts Everyday Living: Holiday Spirit in Art—A Renaissance Christmas with the Three Kings

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN ART

A RENIASSANCE CHRISTMAS

 

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.  Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2: 10 and 11.

 

Hugo

Hugo van der Goes, Adoration of the Kings, Monforte Altarpeice, c. 1470, oil on oak wood, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

Mother

Mary and Christ Child

Van Der Goes

Joseph

King

One of Three Kings

gold

Gift of Three Kings

The life and career of Northern Renaissance master Hugo van der Goes (1430/1440-1482) remain sketchy including his birthdate and the circumstances of his death.  Working mainly in what is now modern day Belgium, the artist’s Portinari Triptych (see: link below to view) is generally considered his greatest achievement.  However, the Monforte Altarpiece with its monumental Adoration of the Kings demonstrates the detailed realism, rich color, and luminous light typical of van der Goes’ style.  Located in a convent in northern Spain from the 16th century to 1914 when it was bought by a German art museum, the painting’s early history remains a mystery; signs of damage are also evident including he truncated angels  just above the Madonna’s head.

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