See you in the New Year

My dear Rosenreaders, after shoveling out 20″ of snow this weekend I am looking forward to my holiday trip to sunny California (ok, it’s the Bay Area, so maybe foggy California). I’ll be back with you in 2010, unless one of my colleagues decides to chime in by posting in the meantime.

A quick reminder if you want to visit the Rosenbach over the holidays, or bring your relatives, we will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

If you’re looking for something to do on Christmas itself, those of you who followed our 21st-Century Abe project may recall hearing about a Bill T. Jones dance production based on the life of Lincoln. It looks like it will be airing on PBS on Christmas Day, so check it out. You can find a preview clip on Youtube.

In my absence I’ll leave you with a couple of pretty Christmas pictures from our collection, an annunciation scene from a manuscript Book of Hours and a drawing of the Nativity that appears in our Friend or Faux exhibition, where you can learn about its interesting history of attribution.

Horae, Paris use: manuscript on vellum. France, 15th century. MS 1057/29

Unknown artist, Nativity. Flanders or Northern Germany, 1540-1550. 1954.603