Artists of Northern Europe, Illuminated manuscripts, poetry and portraiture

The Annunciation

In Christmas week our focus is on the birth of Christ on Christmas day, but the story really starts nine months earlier with the visitation of an angel to a young woman.  The angel is Gabriel, who reveals to a young woman called Mary that she has been chosen by God and will bear a… Continue reading The Annunciation

poetry and portraiture

Mine eye hath play’d the painter

Mine eye hath play’d the painter and hath steel’d  Thy beauty’s form in the table of my heart;  My body is the frame wherein ’tis held,  And perspective is the painter’s art.  For through the painter must you see his skill, To find where your true image pictured lies;  Which in my bosom’s shop is… Continue reading Mine eye hath play’d the painter