To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice.

~ Andre Malraux ~


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 The Adoration of the Shepherds


Francesco Bassano the Younger 

Might it have been like this, on that night in Bethlehem?  Most likely not, I am sure this painting captures the Italian Renaissance more than the time period when Christ was born; but I do feel a sense of reverence and indeed adoration — Merry Christmas!

Art can never exist without naked beauty displaced.

~ William Blake ~



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