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New Life – Mother and Child

The Mystery of the Goddess and the Divine Mother: Rudolf Steiner’s Madonna Painting

January 2018
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    2nd January 2018
  • ISBN 9781912230105
  • Pages 96 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11.6"
  • Images Color

Rudolf Steiner’s intuitive artistic knowledge enabled him to use colors in a unique way that gives expression to their individual nature. Along with his many lectures on art, Steiner’s paintings provide artists with fresh ways of understanding color, allowing entirely new forms of creativity and aesthetics.

In 1924, Steiner painted a watercolor of the Madonna and Child, giving it the title “New Life.” Through Steiner’s depiction of Mary, mother of the Divine Child, this painting draws us to the feminine expression of spirituality. In this highly illustrated, full-color book, Angela Lord studies this feminine principle, beginning with the very earliest stages of human evolution—the “Fall” from paradise and the prehistoric periods of Lemuria and Atlantis. From the Mysteries of Egypt and Greece to the development of Christian art, she offers insights to the myths and legends of female deities and goddesses.

According to Rudolf Steiner, at the time of Jesus’ birth, humanity had entered a decadent phase of development. Small groups of initiated individuals, however, were preparing for a sacred birth—the descent of a heavenly being into earthly existence. The God of the Old Testament would be revealed “in flesh,” born to a virgin mother. In the second part of this book, the author takes us on a journey through two thousand years of Christian art, covering Iconography, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. We see how artistic images of Mary and her child have changed, why these variations occurred, and how they reflect the changing consciousness of humanity. Finally, the “New Life” painting is considered from the interactive processes of color and composition, illustrated with a series of artistic color sequences.

C O N T E N T S:

Prologue—“New Life”


1. Origins of Humanity—the Esoteric Aspects of Evolution
2. The Fall from Paradise and the Genealogy of Jesus


1. In Ancient Times—Lemuria and Atlantis
2. The Many Goddesses
3. The Goddess Made Visible
4. The Myths and Legends


1. The Mysteries of Egypt—Isis and Osiris
2. The Mysteries of Greece: Artemis
3. A New Consciousness—Demeter and Persephone


1. Early Christianity and the Arts
2. The Icons


1. The Middle Ages and the Arts: Coming down to Earth
2. Development and Diversity
3. The Renaissance I—The Southern Stream
4. The Renaissance II—The Northern Stream


Crisis and Turning Points—Transition and a New Freedom


The Calendar of the Soul


The Divine Children


1. Observing the Painting and the Individual Colors
2. Incarnat and the Rainbow


Approaches to Painting the Motif: The Color Sequences and Gestures


Angela Lord

Angela Lord is a painter, interior color designer, muralist, and art therapist. She works with the themes of nature and the seasons, fairytales, and mythology. She has taught in both state and Steiner–Waldorf schools teaching art and handcrafts, and she has worked extensively in adult education. Angela Lord wrote and illustrated Colour Dynamics: Workbook for Watercolour Painting and Colour Therapy. Her latest series of books are on creative form drawing with children.