Nativity

Georges de la Tour 1644
If the consistent witness of the Gospels is to be believed, the most momentous event in human history begins with the idle whim of a public sector bureaucrat in urgent need of a data point to satisfy his constant anxiety for administrative exactitude – that addictive need for false reassurance through arithmetic that is the all too common characteristic of personally insecure public sector bureaucrats everywhere. It is a census which requires, for no good reason, indeed for no stated reason at...
Farm Street Church’s Christmas Card to Mayfair this year is La Nativité by the French painter Noël Coypel. As in previous years, it will be illuminated near the Mount Street Gardens entrance to the church to remind residents, visitors and shoppers about the real meaning of Christmas.Noël Coypel was born on Christmas Day 1628 and died on Christmas Eve 1707.  He was also called Coypel “le Poussin”, because his earlier paintings were influenced by French artist Nicolas...