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.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


The Annunciation, by Giovanni Lanfranco (ca 1616)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


From a 16th century French breviary in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum comes this compact image, inset into the reading for the first nocturn (Vigil Service) for Matins on the Feast of the Annunciation.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This 20th Century Chinese Annunciation includes some text, so I asked our Sister Paulamarie (who spent years as a missionary in Taiwan) what it said. Her answer:
It reads backwards from your right on the picture:
     Year is 1948, springtime
Move your eyes to the left and about all I can make out is: The Angel's announcement.
Then on the far left it reads: Done in Beijing.
To your far left it says
      Done in Beijing

Just one year after this painting was completed, Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image



This week's Annunciation is a detail of an image in an initial letter, the D for Dominus (the first word of the Collect for the feast of the Annunciation) from an Austrian Missal or Gradual dating to about 1260-1264, in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum.