Author Archives: hettypress
writing from both sides of the Atlantic
Doug Anderson: What time does to love
A grimy subway sign points the way to an uptown Presidential mansion
You’re forgiven if you fail to see it as you rush to make your train: a neglected off-white plaque surrounded by filthy subway tiles at the 157th …A grimy subway sign points the way to an uptown Presidential mansion
The Hidden History of Co-operative Housing Ventures
Happy Valentines/Galentines Day!
The pretty peacocks holding court in the Garment District
There’s a lot of leftover loveliness in the Garment District—the wide swatch of Midtown Manhattan west of Fifth Avenue between roughly 41st and 28th …The pretty peacocks holding court in the Garment District
Places in Soviet and Russian history
General Staff Building arch looking towards Palace Square and the Alexander monument
Smolny Institute – Soviet HQ in St. Petersburg/Leningrad
A London Inheritance. Recommending this blog/e-newsletter
Upper Street, Islington, London.
A Child was Born
this writer is just as interested in scenes of the Christian nativity as I am these days
Merry Christmas to all!
And now a few images depicting the day that started it all…
If you read my post, Annunciate This!, you will recognize that this lovely little image is by the same artist, and from the same source, as my favourite annunciation miniature. I love this one just as much, again for a variety of reasons. The grisaille against the star-spangled sky just works for me, for a start. But I also love that Mary looks as though she’s reading her remarkably alert newborn his first ever story…how lovely. And look at the thoughtful, proud look on Joseph’s face as he casts his eyes sky-ward. Then there’s the way the infant is extending his little hand towards the donkey, who gently licks the child’s little fingers, paying tribute in his way. Even the ox manages to have a vaguely awe-struck look. Lovely, simple, subtle.
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