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Rebecca Bickerton
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Advent Calendar: Day 24
The Nativity Piero Della Francesca 1470-5 The National Gallery This nativity scene has to be one of my favourites, the variety of expression in the faces of the angels, the human gesture of Joseph whose leg is slung over his knee and the simplicity of the s...

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Advent Calendar: Day 23
Christmas Time - The Blodgett Family 1864 Johnson Eastman Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Christmases comes in all shapes and sizes and I hope you enjoy yours whatever it looks like.

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Advent Calendar: Day 22
Pine Trees covered in snow Maruyama Okyo c.1780 Pair of sixfold screens

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New Acquisition at the National Gallery
If I didn't already have lots of wonderful advent images in store for the next three days I would have tried to find space for this work that the National Gallery have just acquired for the Nation. Road in the Village of Baldersbronde (A Winter Day) Laurits...

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Advent Calendar: Day 21
Isaac Levitan March 1985 State Tretiakov Gallery One of my favourite things about doing this blog is discovering new artists that I had not come across before and Isaac Levitan is a great example of this. His 'mood landscapes' infuse the Russian landscape w...

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Advent Calendar: Day 20
Beryl Dean Jubilee Cope 1977 This exquisite cope owned by St Paul's Cathedral depicts 73 of the city of London's churches 3 royal peculiars (churches that sit outside of the jurisdiction of it's diocese and instead is under the rule of the monarchy) and of ...

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Advent Calendar: Day 19
Robert Mapplethorpe Christmas Tree

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Advent Calendar: Day 18
Salvador Dali's front cover for Vogue.Dec 1946 Dali did several illustrations and covers for Vogue in the 30's and 40's. The Metropolitan Museum also hold this beautiful, albeit less festive, study for the April 1944 edition.

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Advent Calendar: Day 17
Christmas Preparations at Beaulieu Charles Ernest Cundall Southampton City Art Gallery This work is just bursting with life and activity and there are so many charming details. The chaotic cascade of white feathers falling in the middle of the painting cont...

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Advent Calendar: Day 16
Albrecht Durer Reindeer
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