Ramblings Loosely Related to Art History #4: Another Depiction of Jesus as a Carpenter

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 10-13-2009 08:26 AM 4829 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerrit Van Honthorst 1620

This painting, from 1620, entitled ‘The Childhood of Christ’ was executed by Gerrit Van Honthurst, a Dutch painter from Utrecht. He travelled to Italy to imitate Caravaggio. In fact, loads of Dutch artists took the trip, and were known as the Dutch Caravaggisti. For an excellent intro to Caravaggio, Simon Schama’s The Power of Art is fantastic. He’s refreshingly funny, so he makes art history particularly exciting! Here’s the first part. By clicking it, you can get to Youtube and see the rest. Enjoy!
By the way, what do you guys think of the tools here? Also, here we have another picture of J not really as an active craftsman. It’s almost implying he didn’t sully his hands with the work, but he was familiar with it because it was his father’s occupation. It reminds me more of Millais’s painting than William Holman Hunt’s, but i still find it beautiful.

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 03:15 PM

Thank you so much for this clip. My wife is very into Art History and will have to check this out on the BBC channel.


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#2 posted 10-13-2009 05:20 PM

FYI: the Simon Schama series originally aired in the US on PBS, now it is occasionally shown on the Ovation channel.

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 03:51 AM


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