Abbaye de Keur Moussa, near Dakar, Senegal, is a Benedictine monastery of the Solesmes Congregation. Founded in 1961, the monastery became an abbey in 1984. The Keur Moussa abbey church fresco, samples of which I have included above, was designed and painted in 1963 by Dom Georges Saget. Stories illustrated here include: the annunciation, the … Continue reading Abbaye de Keur Moussa
I found this chinese nativity scene quite curious - Jesus petting the easter bunny?
I have always thought it would be interesting to do a nativity scene with different incarnations of the Doctor as the Magi. Well, I finally got around to doing it!
This picture comes from Western Australia, courtesy of a friend of mine. He writes: "Hi Matt, Was thinking of you. We were in W.A 2 weeks ago and went to New Norcia. Was profoundly impressed in that in the 19thc they genuinely respected the Aboriginals and genuinely tried to incarnate the Gospel to them. The … Continue reading Aboriginal Christian Art from Western Australia
"Thai Nativity" by Sawai Chinnawong, 2004 As I will be taking part in a mission trip to Thailand later this year, don't be surprised if I focus on Thai Christian art from time to time in the months ahead.
This painting of the nativity in the Japanese sumi-e style is by Karine, a young engineer in BioInformatics living in the south of France. It is entitled, "Il est ne le divin enfant" or "He was born the holy child" after a French Christmas song.
"Wise Men from the East" by Iranian painter Hossein Behzad (1894 –1968)
As we approach Christmas I find myself drawn once again to the way Christmas scenes have been depicted across different cultures. This image, from an unknown Chinese artist, depicts Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary arriving at Bethlehem, looking for some overnight accomodation but not having much luck. I find myself reflecting, with the party season … Continue reading Chinese Christian Art: Arriving at Bethlehem
What do you notice that's unusual about this image? How about the midwives! Prior to Christmas I made reference to Ninian Smart's seven dimensions of religion, noting that the narrative dimension typically trumps the material dimension in Christianity. This may be contrasted with, say, Tarot based spirituality, where the symbols are considered more fundamental than any stories … Continue reading Hererodoxy in Colour
Like this? I found this Chinese Christian Nativity scene via Adam Williams. I have no idea who the artist is unfortunately. It's an interesting blend of Eastern and Western styles.
This painting is an interpretation of the Nativity by Australian artist Nathan Simpson. Merry Christmas everyone!