Wednesday, December 29
Annunciation, Sandro Botticelli
Coming soon: an essay by yours truly which rambles through the Theology of the Body, brushes past Savonarola, Florentine neo-Platonism, pre-Christian Ireland and the Greek custom of painting pagan sages in the narthex of churches, and which answers the question, "What do Botticelli's painting of the naked Venus and the stable in Bethlehem have in common?" A lot more than you'd think. Watch this space.