|A medieval Mary with her infant son|
|Van Gogh paints Mary giving us her son.|
Spending time in Amsterdam with Grandpa, walking round the streets and the galleries, we notice recurrent themes which play out again and again and which can be seen in so many paintings and in writings and of course in everyday life. The galleries are often laid out following the history of a country which could be all countries and shows that there are some things which never change and which
recur again and again. Landscapes and seascapes show a constantly changing world. Warships and victories show the ambitions of nations to have and to hold their position against others, to explore and collect riches from what would become an extension through empire. Then there are marine paintings of fishermen and their catches, of farmers and their tools and of the rich merchant classes in their magnificent furs and jewels, often the product of the exploration and trade which they pursued.
|A very modern Mary becomes a mother|