Day 26 – ‘La Tasse de Chocolat’

Day 26 – Nicolas Lancret, ‘La Tasse de Chocolat’, probably 1742, National Gallery, London. It’s Easter Monday, which is not a religious festival (unless you’re Orthodox, in which case Easter isn’t until next Sunday anyway), but a chance for the banks to have a holiday because they wouldn’t have been open yesterday anyway, so couldn’t haveContinue reading “Day 26 – ‘La Tasse de Chocolat’”

Day 25 – The Resurrection

Day 25 – Donatello, The Resurrection, c. 1460-65, San Lorenzo, Florence. Happy Easter! And to celebrate: my favourite image of ‘The Resurrection’. Why this one, of all the possible examples? Quite simply, because it’s not easy: this is a hard won victory. And because it breaks all the rules. Most versions of the Resurrection make itContinue reading “Day 25 – The Resurrection”

Day 24 – The Devils

Day 23 – Andrea Bonauiti, The Devils, from The Harrowing of Hell, 1365-68, The Spanish Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, Florence. It’s Easter Saturday – a day, it might seem, like any other, trapped between two extraordinary days – Good Friday, and Easter Sunday – and we wait, expectant and patient, while nothing happens. Or so itContinue reading “Day 24 – The Devils”

Day 23 – The Crucifixion

Day 23 – Raphael Sanzio, The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels, about 1502-3, National Gallery, London. It is Good Friday – which, of course, every year, prompts the question, ‘Why is it Good’? Well, according to the OED, the first use of ‘Guode Friday’ was in 1290, and the word is usedContinue reading “Day 23 – The Crucifixion”

Day 22 – The Last Supper

Day 22 – Tilman Riemenschneider, The Last Supper, 1499-1505, St. Jacobskirche, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is the beginning of Week 4 of #pictureoftheday and I bring you a whole new innovation: I finally have my own website, and if you want to, you can head to the ‘home’ page and subscribe to my blog: http://www.drrichardstemp.comContinue reading “Day 22 – The Last Supper”

Day 21 – The Finding of Moses

Day 21 – Nicolas Poussin, The Finding of Moses, 1651, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 8 April 2020 Happy Passover! It isn’t every year that Passover coincides exactly with Easter, but of course it is no coincidence when it does. It was the Seder – the ceremonial Passover meal – which brought Jesus and the apostlesContinue reading “Day 21 – The Finding of Moses”

Day 20 – An Old Woman Cooking Eggs

Day 20 – Diego Velázquez, An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Originally posted on 7 April 2020 Too early for Easter eggs, you might say, and were the examples in this painting made of chocolate I wouldn’t for a moment dream of talking about them before Sunday – but I suspect thatContinue reading “Day 20 – An Old Woman Cooking Eggs”

Day 19 – Christ driving the Traders from the Temple

Day 19 – El Greco, Christ driving the Traders from the Temple, about 1600, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 6 April 2020 The Social Media are curious beasts – you know that people are out there, but you don’t always know where they are, or how present they are. So it’s been a great joy toContinue reading “Day 19 – Christ driving the Traders from the Temple”

Day 18 – Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem

Day 18 – Tilman Riemenschneider, Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, 1499-1505, St. Jacobskirche, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Originally posted on 5 April 2020 It’s Palm Sunday today, marking the beginning of Holy Week – so I’ll have a look at some of the Easter narrative over the next few days, as I’m not sure I can find anyContinue reading “Day 18 – Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem”

Day 17 – Judith Beheading Holofernes

Day 17 – Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Beheading Holofernes, c. 1620, The Uffizi, Florence. Originally posted on 4 April 2020 Today should have seen the opening of ‘Artemisia’ at the National Gallery – and there is still some hope that we may yet see it. But in the meanwhile, let’s enjoy this painting. By now, after a littleContinue reading “Day 17 – Judith Beheading Holofernes”