Monday, February 18, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This unusual image by American artist George Hitchcock seems to depict Mary just after Luke's Annunciation narrative ends: "then the Angel left her" (Lk 1:38). Mary is seen as a Dutch peasant girl standing not with a solitary lily denoting her purity, but in a whole field of white lilies.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This week there are two engravings by the late 15th century artist Martin Schongauer. The images strip away all architectural details (except for a bit of floor where a bit of shadow may fall) and focus our attention only on the messenger and the Virgin.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.




Monday, February 4, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This week's Annunciation may have a kind of double pedigree when it comes to sanctity. First of all, of course, there is the holiness of the theme: the Incarnation. But there is a second level in this particular work of art, and that is hinted at in the coat of arms at the top (added after the initial weaving): it is the coat of arms of Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua (1466-1519). In 1568, an heir to Francesco's title of Marquis was born. We know him as St Aloysius Gonzaga.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/111307/the-annunciation?q=annunciation

Monday, January 28, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Lazzaro Baldi executed this study of the Annunciation in pen and brown ink (from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago).

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/81713/study-for-the-annunciation?q=annunciation

Monday, January 21, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This Annunciation by Jean Hey, the Master of Moulins, is part of an altarpiece of which the matching panel, the Immaculate Conception, is in the National Gallery in London. The central panel is believed to be lost.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.  
 
https://www.artic.edu/artworks/16327/the-annunciation?q=annunciation



Monday, January 14, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A woodcut by the prolific and talented Albrecht Dürer, from his "Life of the Virgin."



From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; used under the Creative Commons License.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The first Annunciation of the New Year is from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago (much of which was recently made available under the Creative Commons License to the joy of bloggers everywhere). This is Alessandro Vittoria's bronze adaptation of the Annunciations by Titian.


From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.