To celebrate today, the day of days, we look at A Medieval Christmas: The Process by Albert Beck Wenzell (1864-1917). Our Christmas picture is pastel on canvas and rather large – 6x3’ 10.06. Though it depicts a holiday pageant of the Middle Ages, the costumes seem more reminiscent of the era of Van Dyke.
Born in Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, Wenzell was a popular illustrator during the Golden Age of magazines. Though his oeuvre is very much that of John Singer Sargent greatly watered down, Wenzell was a gifted illustrator in his own right.
I hope your own Christmas procession this year was a merry and joyous one. We here at the Jade Sphinx are taking some time off for the holiday and will return to you on January 4th, 2012.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!