Thursday, September 17, 2020

Religious Works

Moving into the world art area of the National Gallery of Canada, a lot of the early works in the collection are of a religious nature. This is from the workshop of Giovanni Bellini, titled Blessing Christ, painted circa 1500.

The Virgin And Child is a marble altarpiece, circa 1485, done by Gregorio Di Lorenzo.

These two are part of what was originally a six panel set. Esther At The Palace Gate, From The Book Of Esther, is by Filippino Lippi, under the direction of Sandro Botticelli.

The Triumph Of Mordecai, From The Book Of Esther, is by Botticelli himself. These were done circa 1475.

From the circle of Jorg Lederer, this circa 1520 wooden sculpture is The Magdalen. 


  1. William - 1475! Isn't it amazing that a piece of art that old has survived, and somehow made its way to Canada? Lovely works!

  2. ...religious art has been an important subject throughout the ages.

  3. Hello,

    Beautiful exhibit. I love that wooden sculpture! Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. Tom just said it... beautiful !

  5. I like the wooden sculpture. Have a great day.

  6. The paintings are excellent William, the wooden sculpture superb 💙

  7. I love that wooden sculpture too, William!

  8. Many years ago when I went through the National Gallery I was amazed at how much religious art was in the collection. It was interesting to see the wood carved objects from the first days of settlement.

  9. Beautiful works of art from so many years ago.

  10. I like to see his paintings.

    I haven't been to the AGO yet... I'm glad you are giving me the opportunity to see some art... : )

  11. Lovely artwork of religion and neat photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. With their age in mind the paintings appear to be in a very good condition.

  13. Bellini's painting of Christ has an interesting facial expression, sort of Mona Lisa not smiling.

  14. I enjoy seeing their take on the clothes of earlier days. Tweeted.

  15. @Angie: it is indeed.

    @Tom: it has.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Karl: definitely.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Grace: I agree.

    @RedPat: it stands out.

    @Red: there is a lot, both from Canada and world art.

    @Sharon: and it's a pleasure to show it.

    @Catarina: hopefully you can go.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Marleen: they're well looked after.

    @Maywyn: I can see that.

    @Mari: thank you.

  16. Glad you found me again William! And I'm glad I found you, too. :-)

  17. Beautiful art works, very nice and very old.

  18. The sculpture is beautiful, a very soft piece.

  19. I love the sculpture -- both pieces. Very striking and I admire the work of woodcarvers.

  20. I'm so impressed with all these historical works of art in the collection at the National Gallery. Wow! So many of them are so old too. Pretty amazing.

  21. @Revrunner: thanks!

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Cloudia: indeed.

    @Kay: I think so.

    @Marie: yes it is.

    @Gemel: I agree.

    @Joanne: they are.

    @Jeanie: I do too.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Orvokki: thank you.

    @Susie: they are old.