Favorite Christmas Card?

Filippino Lippi, ca. 1485

By now you probably have a collection of Christmas cards from people thinking of you during this season of celebration.

Do you have a favorite card? Can you describe it? How does it speak to you? Please leave your comment.

Today we received a card featuring the beautiful detail of “Madonna and Child” painted by the Florentine artist Filippino Lippi (ca. 1485). The image to the right shows more of the detail than is included on the card.

The card (shown left) is a close-up of the Madonna, whose expression of pensive tenderness seems to convey humility, and perhaps vague uncertainty about the child’s future.

Mary’s vestments reflect the honor due her as one chosen by God for her unique role in history, rather than for any special respect she enjoyed among her peers.

About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

One Response to Favorite Christmas Card?

  1. Howard says:

    Just curious if the painter, Filippino Lippi, actually commented on the vestments meaning or if that came later or from another source? Jesus is shown with no vestments. Both were to serve, Jesus is King. Is there a special comment on how the whole painting fits together?


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