Over the weekend, I visited Lyndhurst mansion to take the Christmas tour. Lyndhurst is a 19th-century Gothic Revival mansion in Tarrytown, New York. It was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) and owned by three families, lastly that of railroad magnate Jay Gould (1836-1892). The house has all its original contents, including Tiffany stained glass windows and Gothic Revival furniture by Davis and by Herter Brothers.
A link to my HeadStuff.org article about illustrations of Santa Claus and how his appearance evolved over time. Includes work by illustrators like Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell.
A selection of winter and Christmas-themed paintings by American and European artists.
The Christmas Day edition of an art history Advent calendar features a Nativity painting by French artist Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre.
As soon as I saw this work, I knew I had to feature it today. It's not just the name that makes it appropriate. It so perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas Eve, at least as I've always experienced it - the early darkness, the inviting light from the church windows, and the well-dressed families… Continue reading December 24th: Christmas Eve by Edmund Restein
For an art historical Advent calendar, a beautiful, snow-filled painting of a Viennese Christmas market by Austrian painter Carl Wenzel Zajicek.
For a fine art Advent calendar, a charming illustration of a well-dressed little girl by Kate Greenaway.
Day 21 of a fine art Advent calendar is a lovely painting of a family dancing around the Christmas tree by Danish artist Viggo Johansen.
Today's painting, Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine, is my first Advent Calendar work by a female artist. I wasn't specifically looking for a work by a female painter today, just as I wasn't intentionally avoiding female artists for the first nineteen days. I'm featuring the painting because I love it; it's compelling for… Continue reading December 20th: Still Life with Christmas Pudding, Holly and Wine by Johanna Helena Looisen
Christmas-Time, The Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson, 1864. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo via metmuseum.org (CC0 1.0). It's very difficult to find genre paintings (scenes of everyday life) with Christmas settings. I assume that's because the Christmas traditions we are familiar with today have only come into being relatively recently when compared with the entire… Continue reading December 19th: Christmas-Time, the Blodgett Family by Eastman Johnson