Ever wonder why everything at Christmas is red and green? So did we! Here is a short article from Artsy magazine that explains it.
“Most of the trappings of a modern-day Christmas—from Advent calendars to stockings hung by the chimney with care—are, themselves, relatively modern. But the ubiquitous red-and-green color scheme that dominates this time of year? That has roots stretching as far back as the 13th century, according to Spike Bucklow of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, the conservation branch of the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.
“Bucklow, a research scientist with a focus on the history of artists’ materials, didn’t set out to unravel the mysteries of Christmas decorations. Rather, he was working to conserve a particular type of artwork known as the rood screen—a common architectural element in medieval churches that divided the nave (where the congregation gathered) from the choir or chancel (where the clergy sat). Often, these were richly painted or carved. Depending on the wealth of the congregation that commissioned them, rood screens could feature anything from a simple pattern to a highly detailed depiction of local saints.” Click HERE to read more!
Wishing happy holidays to all our Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain friends celebrating Hannukah, Christmas, or just the secular spirit of the season! If you are looking for a last-minute gift, go to our online DRSB store where everything is 12% off.
I send you and your family all the best for a wonderful New Year…
~ Betty Edwards