Merry Christmas! Here is a small nativity painting by Pietro Perugino, a non-believer, thug, and “bungler”. Perugino was also the teacher of Raphael and one of the pioneers of oil-painting. His religious works are among my very favorites because of their delicacy, color, rhythm, and beauty. I have been thinking about him a great deal today, but since it is Christmas, you’ll have to wait for a longer post next week!