Monday, July 22, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

On this Feast of St Mary Magdalen, the woman "Apostle to the Apostles", it is fitting to feature a work of art that was most probably executed by a woman.
Whoever she was, she started with a large, plainly woven piece of linen, using wool and silk thread to transform it into a piece of textile art with all the detail of an illuminated manuscript. This is not a tiny handcraft project: the finished pillow cover measures 19 X 20 inches!

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/64509/pillow-cover-depicting-the-annunciation

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.



Monday, July 15, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A thirteenth century French image (in oak) of the Virgin of the Annunciation, from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Detail from a 14th century German triptych in ivory. The lower image in the left-hand wing, the Annunciation measures about 4.5 inches high. From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

On today's Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist (significantly, six months before Christmas Eve), it is fitting to feature a work of art that places the Annunciation to Mary with the Vistiation to St. Elizabeth (the moment when the unborn John first "heralded" the unborn Savior in Mary's womb). This ivory bas-relief is a detail from a work in the Louvre.

Seudo, from Wikimedia Commons [CC by SA 4.0]

Monday, June 17, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A woodcut Annunciation by Thielmann Kerver, from a book of Hours with hand coloring. (Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

A study for an Annunciation, executed by the 16th century Italian artist Camillo Boccaccino (from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago).