An Advent Calendar – 25

‘Happy Christmas!’

Jan Gossaert (Jean Gossart), The Adoration of the Kings, 1510-15. Oil on oak, 179.8 × 163.2 cm. Bought with a special grant and contributions from the Art Fund, Lord Glenconner, Lord Iveagh and Alfred de Rothschild, 1911. NG2790.

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30 thoughts on “An Advent Calendar – 25

  1. Wishing you a peaceful and contented Christmas, Richard. I have been eagerly awaiting the advent posts each day and was like a small child this morning as I opened the final ‘door’. Thank you so very much for taking the trouble to post these every day; I’ve learned loads.


  2. Absolutely fascinating, have loved the revelations and explanations every day. Genius, thank you. Happy Christmas and best thoughts for the new year.


  3. And a very happy Christmas to you and the ecologist! Thank you for the brilliant Advent calendar and for all the fascinating blogs throughout this horrible year which have been a life-line and helped hugely to make up for the lack of travel and going to exhibitions. Fingers crossed for 2021. Love Fiona


  4. Wishing you a happy Christmas too, Richard. I’ve enjoyed your Advent calendar very much. Happy memories of our trip to Brussels- the last time I got abroad. Can you please note my new email address. I tried to change it on WordPress but your blog still comes through to the old one. Best wishes Sheila

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thank you, Sheila! In retrospect I didn’t realise how lucky we were to be in Brussels – so glad we could go! I’m afraid I don’t know what to do about your change of email address – I’m not in control of it at all, as far as I’m aware (but I’ll have a look to see…). You might need to contact wordpress directly – I’ll see if I can find the right point of contact. All best wishes for a VERY Happy New Year! Richard


  5. Happy Christmas Richard, thank you for cheering me up all year with what has felt like my own personalised guided tour of Renaissance art.

    Much love to you and Wayne

    Ings xx

    Ingrid Wassenaar writer + education consultant +44(0)7772946639



  6. Thank you so much for this Advent Calendar (can’t wait to get back to the National Gallery to look at the painting again) it has been a real joy, and thank you for the very interesting talk on the Adoration of the Magi, and the amazing series on the Scrovegni Chapel. I have heard you a couple of times at the National Gallery and I’m delighted to be able to hear you online. Talks like these make such a difference to lockdown! Thank you, Merry Christmas


    1. Thank you, Brian – so glad you have enjoyed it. Coincidentally, the NG has a special focus on this painting – they have obviously been planning it for quite some time, but you can see it in even greater detail… More on that another day, I suspect. Wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year!


  7. During a period of time when I haven’t been able to go to church in person, this Advent Calendar has meant a lot to me. Thank you for this thoughtful and inspiring series. Happy Christmas!


  8. Happy Christmas to you and Wayne, and thank you for your wonderful blogs – both POTD and Advent. I have loved them all.

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    1. I could have sworn I replied to this – but maybe not. Anyway – my pleasure! So glad you have enjoyed it, and lovely to see your name somewhere on my screen at the recent talk… let’s hope we can see each other in person soon! Happy New Year! Rx


  9. Thank you so much for entertaining and enlightening us with the Advent Calendar and POTD. you have enriched our lives in the trying times. Hope you had a good Christmas and that we can all get back to the Galleries soon.

    Judith Nash


  10. Thank you so much. I enjoyed this enormously. It was such fun opening my mail daily to find an interesting and funny story about this painting.


  11. Thank you for your blog – a beacon of inspiration in these times. I was so delighted to have stubbled across it a few months ago. Best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.


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