Monday, August 21, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This 13th century Annunciation with its rosy-cheeked angel and Virgin is from a Psalter in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum

Monday, August 14, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This week's Annunciation is a detail from a 13th century Bible page depicting the life of Mary. The right-hand panel depicts the Nativity, while center features the death of the Virgin (a facet of tomorrow's Solemnity of the Assumption). Unseen in this detail are the Flight into Egypt and the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.
From the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This week's Annunciation is by the Master of the Aix, ca 1445. It is assumed to have originally been part of a triptych.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

 
This lovely and very contemporary Annunciation (actually over 100 years old) is by African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.

In 1879, Tanner was a student of Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Recognized for his treatment of biblical themes, he later spent time in the Holy Land, a trip that was sponsored by an admiring Rodman Wanamaker (the department store magnate). Experiences of racism in Philadelphia and Atlanta impelled Tanner to move to France where his outstanding abilities were recognized and rewarded with honors. It is somewhat ironic that his masterpiece Annunciation, painted in Paris, is today in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image



Three years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, an Italian artist created this Annunciation as part of a book of hours (now in The Morgan Library and Museum). In the blue band within the arch that opens out into a sunny landscape, the words AVE GRATIA (Hail, [full of] grace) and DOMINUS  (the Lord) can be read.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This week's image is one of several Annunciations by 15th century artist Hans Memling.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


Detail from an Italian book of hours (1482), from the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum.