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Art of ChristmasPatrick Hunt
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Art of Christmas

Puer Natus Est
Patrick Hunt

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-520-4, 224 pages

©2011

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Description
Art of Christmas: Puer Natus Est (A Child is Born) is lavishly illustrated with over 75 beautiful color images that celebrate almost two thousand years of art on the theme of Advent. The book pairs artwork, including sculpture, painting, and other media, with narratives of the gospels and related literature. The written texts support the art and fill in perceived gaps in the story of Christ’s birth.

The book begins with illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period and continues on through Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Gozzoli, Bellini, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Georges de la Tour and many others. Included in the book are representations of the Annunciation, the Journey to Bethlehem, the Adoration of the Shepherds, the Nativity, the Journey of the Magi, the Dream of Joseph and other timeless themes from what many call the greatest story every told.

The Advent season has inspired some of the world’s finest art. Art of Christmas gives us the opportunity to view the miraculous through the eyes of the great masters.

Biography
Patrick Hunt has been fascinated by Greek mythology since his early years. As a young graduate student at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, he was thrilled to find evidence of the places described in myth still intact. He continued his studies, received his Ph.D. at University College London, University of London, and now teaches courses in humanities, the arts, ancient history, and archeology at Stanford University. He has authored twelve books, including Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History, Renaissance Visions, Myth and Art in Ekphrasis, and Critical Insights: Inferno.

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