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Melinda Evans 

A 5-yr-old neighbor surprised me with this advent calendar at the beginning of the month, and I have enjoyed reading a Christmas scripture each morning. Joy to the World!

“Simeon’s Song of Praise” (1631) by Rembrandt, painted in Leiden just before he moved to Amsterdam and started painting large works and portraits. This depicts the scriptural account of Simeon recognizing the infant Jesus as the promised Messiah, singing out, “Now I can die in peace.” Rembrandt revisited this scriptural subject in the last year of his life and left at his death an unfinished painting of Simeon holding Jesus. Mauritshuis, The Hague. #postcardbowl #arthistory #rembrandt

Concentrating on his genius, arguing with me for taking pictures when he just wants to write, and then relenting with a smile. ❤️ Sweet boy.

“Saint George and the Dragon” (c1470) by Paolo Uccello, Italian painter and mathematician known for advancing the use of perspective. The interior of the cave clearly leads off to the left and is closer to the viewer than the valley in the distance. I like that the back and front of the dragon’s wings are different colors. National Gallery, London. #postcardbowl #arthistory #uccello

My superstar dad helped me revamp my guest room closet, and I am gleeful over how it turned out. Grateful to have had this project with him too. Wish he and all sweet dads could live forever. ❤️

“Shepherdess and her Flock” (1863) by Jean-François Millet. This pastel is one of multiple versions Millet created in connection with his award-winning painting now in the d’Orsay. Hoping this piece at the Getty in Los Angeles and all the other Getty treasures remain safe despite the nearby wildfires. #postcardbowl #arthistory #jeanfrancoismillet

Childe Hassam, “Boston Common at Twilight” (1885-1886). I ❤️ Boston immensely. Hassam painted this scene across the street from his studio. It depicts not only changing light but also changing times for Boston. The trolley cars were new and cutting edge. The buildings behind the trolley cars had just been built, replacing old row houses. The glow of electric light was very new, and just beyond the park, the entire Back Bay was in the process of being filled in, giving rise to elegant streets of brownstone mansions where previously there was a swamp and narrow neck of land that had limited the city’s ability to keep up with modern economic and technological advances. This is a painting about being on the cusp of a new age, as further symbolized by the children and birds in the forefront. MFA, Boston. #postcardbowl #arthistory #childehassam

“Snow in Argenteuil” (1875) by Claude Monet. This is one of almost twenty snow paintings Monet made near his home in Argenteuil, a town a short rail journey from Paris. According to Monet’s art dealer (veracity questionable) Manet once came looking for inspiration to paint winter scenes, and after seeing Monet’s Argenteuil scenes, decided not to paint snow after all because he could never compete with Monet’s perfection. National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. #postcardbowl #arthistory #claudemonet #monet

Day tacos; day ocean; night tacos; night ocean.

I’m back! After a few days by the ocean eating shrimp tacos at every opportunity, I’m back to the #postcardbowl. Here’s a 1913 Paris fashion plate from the Journal des Dames et des Modes—a tailored linen suit in loden green tartan with tall laced boots. Snappy! Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

David Hockney, “A Bigger Message (2010), from Hockney’s own collection. I saw it in a show at the de Young in San Francisco. Here Hockney creates his own, amplified (16 ft high) version of Claude Lorrain’s painting “The Sermon on the Mount” (1656), which you can see in the Frick. Hockney’s mountain looks like a giant carrot surrounded by broccoli trees. Makes me think of feasting on the words of Christ, being nurtured by the good word of God—and also playfully reminds me that this world, too, is a garden to tend and cultivate. Hockney painted this in oil on 30 canvases that when united 6 across, 5 high, form this giant rendering of the Sermon on the Mount. #postcardbowl #arthistory

“The Painter’s Studio” (c1665) by Johannes Vermeer. This shows him in his studio painting with the help of a maulstick (Dutch for “painter’s stick”), a long stick with a soft leather tip that the artist can rest against the canvas. His hand holding the paintbrush can then lean against the maulstick so that it is more stable and can make more precise brushstrokes. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. #postcardbowl #arthistory #vermeer

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