As it is Christmas in a few days I thought it might be nice to look at art work with a difference for the Introductions/Influencing Me post this week. What I thought would be nice would be to look at how Christmas, St Nicholas and Santa Claus have been depicted in art throughout the ages. They are images that we often see at this time of the year. I really enjoyed going over websites and find images for you. Of course there are many more on the internet. I have some links at the end of the post. I always find Christmas a great time to get new gear, though not this year, might have to wait until my birthday.
I thought we could start with different depictions of the birth of Christ from as early as the 4th century to about the 1800’s.
Then I thought what about St Nicholas, how was he depicted and how did he end up looking like what we think of as Santa Claus. So these are very old images up to more modern day ones. There has been this myth that he wears red and white because of Coca Cola, but it isn’t true, if anything Coco Cola stole santa to advertise their drinks.
Then I thought how different the modern Santa Claus is now or the image that many of us have of him.
Then I thought, as a final thing we could look at Christmas cards and the Christmas scenes they depict. It is interesting that Christmas is nearly always depicted with winter scenes. It is so different here, though I guess depicting Christmas scenes where it is in the middle of summer would be a bit weird, Santa would be in red shorts and a red t-shirt with a white trim. Perhaps he would be wearing a red sun hat, his nose would be red with sunburn, but then he would have white zinc on it to stop the sun burning him anymore. I am sure he would wear thongs on his feet and, of course, they would be red. Santa often arrives at functions here in a fire truck.
Below are some links of the places where I got the images and you can read more about the history of Christmas. I’ve tried not to do too much Christmas posts this week, but sometimes, you just have to do them.