Wednesday, July 16, 2008


This is my first triptych and I just loved doing it. The middle scene is filled with images depicting the three Magi, the shepards and Joseph, the bathing of Jesus and in the center with the Mother of God, a foreshadowing of the ending of Christ's life as he lay wrapped in a sarcophagus-like shaped cradle. Angels crowd the skies.

On the lower side panels Archangel Gabriel brings the good news to Mary that she will give birth to the son of God. I'm sure I would not be so gracious if that news was given to me!

On the upper side panels, Solomon and David hold scrolls that foretell the prophecies and compare Mary to the burning bush.

The storytelling in this triptych is beyond the confines of time, history and place.

The Nativity, Egg tempera and 24 carat gold on three wood panels, 17" x 28.5" when open, by the hand of MF Dondelinger. To purchase this piece, please click here.