the epiphany

notes from maggie's farm

The Epiphany
possibly ca. 1320
Giotto di Bondone (Italian, Florentine, 1266/76–1337)
Tempera on wood, gold ground

Giotto was the most famous artist of his day, praised by Dante and considered by his successors to have revived the art of painting after centuries of decline. This panel is part of a series of scenes from the life of Christ, of which six others are known. They may come from one of the four altarpieces by Giotto recorded in the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce in Florence. The way in which the figures move freely within a carefully described space is close to that of frescoes painted by the artist in about 1320 for the same church.
courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In Gratitude.....

This week, I am especially grateful for new beginnings, in the garden as in life, the lovely weather of the last few days, the cleansing of old clothes, old food, old thoughts, and old patterns that no longer serve us, I am thankful that we are clothed, and fed, and safe, and warm, and mostly happy.  I am thankful for people who read my blog, and the lovely comments that are left.  I am thankful for the fellowship of strong women at our church's Brown Bag Prayer Lunch, am thankful for healing for a friend, am thankful for You. 


  1. What a beautiful picture in honour and celebration of Epihphany.

    Send warmest blessings for a wonderful new year. :)

  2. I love that you brought the gift of Gratitude writing into the New Year! It's a beautiful picture and reminder of the one true thing to be grateful for. Thank you.

  3. To you and your's, too, Lindsay! Thank you for reading and your well wishes.
    Kristina, kind of a rough start to the year and I'm thinking gratitude is what makes the difference--so hold my feet to the fire!

    I'm grateful for you both!


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