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Christmas drawings + paintings February 28, 2010

Posted by anagasto in art, Bible, drawing, painting.
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There was a population count, and all the people had to go to their hometown to be included in the census.

Because of this edict, Mary and Joseph, who were living in Nazareth, had to travel to Bethlehem.

Here they are arriving at the offices of the Civil Registrar in Bethlehem.

Bruegel : The Census

It is worth enlarging to see the children playing on the ice and in the snow and how they are dressed; and to see them trying to keep a pig from escaping on the left, where they are cooking.

Bruegel painted a lot of snow and big roofs, as if Bethlehem were in Belgium, where the children play on the frozen stream:

Bruegel children playing

Maybe this is a better reproduction?

22Bruegel children playing

On the right you see the children. On the left, that woman in a long dark coat, that is Mary riding.

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Of course Bruegel knew that Israel is not really like Belgium. Maybe he wasn’t religious and took Christmas as a pretext to paint the cold.

Bruegel children on the ice

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Russia

Christmas is celebrated all over the world. This picture is from Russia

Nativity Icon by St. Andrei Rublev (1405), Cathedral of the Annunciation, Moscow Kremlin..

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University of Glasgow

Special collection : Book of the Month http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/dec2009.html

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Europe?

And here is Christmas 21st century style.

You can see the young mother and her baby. There aren’t any sheep, no shepherds, no cows, no kings, no star in the sky, no angels singing.

The young mother is a refugee or otherwise homeless .

the-manger.jpg

It all looks rather lonely, but at least there is a cat.

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Israel

weihnacht.jpg

That green scarf that Mary is wearing makes her look Arab, but I checked at Wikipedia where it said that Jewish women used to wear a mantilla — a little mantle — as Spaniards call it, and that many still do.

I was told that in the US some 20 years ago Catholic women also still covered their hair to go to church. — And Michelle Obama wore a mantilla to visit the Pope, because it is part of the Vatican protocol.

And see the Queen, when she is not on duty?

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The two cows are the same as in the painting , but there is also a donkey.

The donkey had to go to make room for a window at the back where in time you would have seen the star or the angels or even the camels approaching.

big cows and virgin

This became a favourite. It owes its status to those kind big cows that are good company and keep everyone warm.

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The Magi

The three Kings that have come from the East following a bright star.

In some places — for instance here, in Spain — Christmas is not as festive as January 6, the day when the Kings bring their presents to the children.

On the 24th people take to the streets playing their tambourines and singing on their way to Bethlehem. — The songs are light to suggest a dance. Most streets are festive and noisy.

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On Jan 6 there will be a parade. To save money or mind, it will be the same as for carnival, but followed by the Kings each in his own royal carriage mostly supplied by the big department stores.

One year they had real camels walking in the show, but they became a security problem when they got frightened by the überpagan noise of people, children and canticles.

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The pictures and drawings are some by Bruegel, many from ghD, and the photo below came 4 years ago from the Caixa, the bank.

It takes some time to see …..

kings-caixa

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Israel_christmas map

This year the preparatory time called Advent begins on Sunday, December 2.

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Romania

Children singing for Christas in Bucharest

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Zurich Bahnhofstrasse

bahnhofstrasse xmas

It must be one of the world’s most beautiful and wealthiest shopping streets beginning at the railway station and ending on the shore of Lake Zurich.

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The Bible

An old Bible miniature, but I couldn’t find out where it came from.  Mary and the cow and the donkey are nearest to the baby, and in the background there are Joseph and the shepherds.

Benedict did NOT declare that the donkey or the mule and the ox are heresy. He simply said that they are not Biblical, but traditional.

See the two animals looking in?

romanesque nativity maybe 1170 sarcophagus

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