It’s Christmas time: Merry Christmas!

Now, we are in the Christmas time, and obviously, the Gelonch Viladegut’s Collection sends you a message of peace, beauty, serenity and love. Have a merry Christmas!

Some people, name this time as “the festivities of the end of the year”. I’m sorry, but I not agree at all. Our tradition, our culture, our art are initially based in a common root linked with the Christian interpellation. These are the bases of our communities, our history and our societies. To hide that is not a good sign for us, is a sign of intellectual poverty and a lack regarding our origins and the transcendence sense of life. But, perhaps, some people don’t love that…In my opinion, we need imperatively to respect us to respect the other people, we need know our history to respect the other histories, we need to know and respect our traditions to know and respect other traditions. Without a personal solid base it’s not possible to build the collective bases, and without shared collective bases it’s not possible to love other people and civilizations, really. This is my point of view.

In any case, the Nativity of Jesus has been and remains a major subject of World and Christian history. The artistic depictions of the Nativity, celebrated at Christmas, are based on the narratives in the Bible, in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and further elaborated by written, oral and artistic tradition. Christmas is the mystery of the Verb incarnation.

The Nativity has been depicted in many different media, both pictorial and sculptural. Pictorial forms include murals, panel paintings, manuscript illuminations, stained glass windows and oil paintings. Some engravings are also much appreciated.

Some painters interested in this topic are: Giotto, Roger van der Weyden, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Giorgione, Lorenzo Lotto, Pieter Bruegel, Andrea Sabattini and Paul Gauguin…

The Adoration of the shepherds, in the Nativity of Jesus in art, is a scene in which shepherds are near witnesses to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. This Annunciation to the shepherds forms a distinct subject in Christian art and is sometimes included in a Nativity scene as a peripheral feature.

Any way, we could present some famous works of art by significant artists linked with this subject: Correggio, Caravaggio, Giorgione, el Greco, Georges de la Tour, Andrea Mantegna, Murillo, Nicolas Poussin, and Rembrandt…
The Adoration of the Magi is the name traditionally given to the Christian subject in the Nativity of Jesus in art in which the three Magi, represented as kings, having found Jesus by following a star, lay before him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and worships him.

Many hundreds of artists have treated the subject. A very short list of the most celebrated is: Hieronymus Bosch, Durer, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Hans Memling, IL Perugino, Rubens, Velázquez, and Tiepolo…

These subjects, these artists, this culture are our social root, our point of anchorage, our link between past and present. Someone want to renounce at that? What will be and when we prepare our future? What is the alternative?

It’s Christmas time : Merry Christmas !

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One comment

  • Xisco Bernal11 Dec, 2015 a las 3:19 pm
    Buscando grabados para mi colección de grabados antiguos he encontrado este escrito que me parece bello por su sinceridad aunque absolutamente equivocado. Fibonacci se encontraría con argumentos parecidos allá por el 1200 cuando trajo a Europa el sistema decimal. Los números romanos se siguieron utilizando durante muchos años a caysa del rechazo del nuevo sistema numérico. Los números romanos eran entrañables para muchísimas personas aunque no servían para lo que debían servir. Las costumbres también tienen derecho a cambiar ¿no te parece? Feliz Navidad si así lo quieres.

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