Sunday, December 17, 2017


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Giovanni Bellini,'s "Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and a Female Saint in a Landscape" (detail), about 1501, continues at the Getty Museum through Jan. 14, 2018.
Greg just finished his third year of Christmas concerts as a member of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, and Ernest's favorite part was the second half featuring sacred hymns. These hymns, like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Mary, Did You Know?,” and “The First Noel” force us to pause and to focus on religious traditions that we see disappearing from December. But, what can anyone do to fix it? That is why we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25-Jan 5) and include a visit to a local art museum as part of that celebration. Religious art powerfully focuses our attention on the sacred, and one such painting is now on exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Created in 1501, Giovanni Bellini’sVirgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist and a Female Saint in a Landscape” would be perfect for anyone's 12 Days of Christmas.

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Timo Nasseri at Sharjah Art Museum
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