Sunday, July 9, 2017

Madonna in the Garden - Holy Family in Formal Garden by Hendrick van Balen (Dutch, c 1574-5-1632)

Illustrated manuscripts and early depictions of Biblical gardens give us a glimpse of gardens familiar & imagined during those periods. Many images of medieval gardens are allegorical or metaphorical, rather than realistic representations of specific medieval gardens. The Virgin Mary, here with her family, begins to appear in both contrived, formal gardens & in more natural cultural landscape images in the 1300s. 
Hendrick van Balen (Dutch, c 1574-5-1632) The Holy Family in a Formal Garden Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Angers