Adoration of the Christ Child by Carl Marr


The story goes that this magnificent work by Carl Marr was deteriorating in damp storage at the University of Berkeley, California before it was recently given the light of day and beautifully restored.  Now on permanent display at the Wisconsin Museum of Art, this painting (just guessing, roughly 8′ x 14′), is an excellent example of Mr. Marr’s incredible ability to capture light.  The artist’s lyrical arrangement of the heads of the numerous angels has also captivated me as I have studied the work.  The positive and negative interplay of shapes is exquisite as well as the warm and cool dance that was employed to turn the forms.  Notice the cooling of tone at the top and back of the heads which creates greater dimension by rounding the head with temperature.  This is truly a great work of Carl’s and will always be a favorite of mine.  However, his magnum opus, ” The Flagellants”, is an even greater achievement of design and scale, which I hope to share with you when I can photograph it upon re-installation in the new museum… until then, I am glad you are enjoying his work as much as I have.



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One response to “Adoration of the Christ Child by Carl Marr

  • Chris

    Amazing work.

    As an aside, I understand your blog is not meant to stir up controversy so forgive me, but your comment: “The story goes that this magnificent work by Carl Marr was deteriorating in damp storage at the University of Berkeley, California before it was recently given the light of day and beautifully restored.” strikes me as an apt metaphor for the way the truth of Christ has been handled in the universities. The love of God and HIs truth were once the impetus for the formation of many of America’s great institutions of higher learning. But that was lost and is in the past. Perhaps one day, as with the painting, with loving care that truth may be restored to its rightful place.

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