Sunday, 24 December 2006

Advent 4

Census, taxation, occupied territory, friendless, fatigued beyond weariness, worried, homeless, fearful for what the future holds.

In the middle of the painting are two carts, between them an old man leads a donkey carrying a heavily pregnant young woman, wrapped in an enveloping cloak, between two cartwheels; two circles symbolising eternity.

The Census at Bethlehem
Peter Bruegel the Younger 1564-1638

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