Monday, August 3, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The vivid colors of this contemporary Annunciation by Jan Oliver-Schultz  of Arizona seems perfect for a summer day. Mary's mantle is covered with stars like the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.




Monday, July 27, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Gabriel did not come alone, according to the Master of James IV of Scotland! The attending angels, with their multi-hued wings, are holding Gabriel's cope-like cape as the golden-crowned Archangel delivers his message.


Master of James IV of Scotland (Flemish, before 1465 - about 1541)
The Assumption of the Virgin, about 1510 - 1520, Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 23.2 x 16.7 cm (9 1/8 x 6 9/16 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 148v





Monday, July 20, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

 Masolino da Panicale Annunciation, Andrew W Mellon Collection
National Gallery of Art



Monday, July 6, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


The unmistakeable work of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco)


Monday, June 29, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


This lovely page from a Book of Hours was illustrated by Jean Bourdichon of Tours, who illuminated manuscripts for French royalty throughout his long and active life. Gabriel's pose is surprising. Perhaps the message has already been delivered in full and the angel awaits Mary's response?

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Gift of Peter Sharrer, 2004).


Monday, June 22, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

"The Holy Spirit will overshadow you..." Gabriel explained to Mary. She understood what he left unsaid: Just as "the glory of the Lord" covered Mount Sinai with a cloud (Ex 24:16-18), and the same mysterious cloud "filled the Tent of Meeting" (Ex 40:34-38) and then the original Temple of Jerusalem (2 Chron 7:1-2), Mary herself would become God's dwelling place on earth.




This image, from a photo by Sister Sergia Ballini, FSP, is from the Franciscan Cloister of Mariaburg in Näfels, Switzerland. It appears to be a detail from a traditional Annunciation.