Monday, March 27, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


Another image from The Morgan Library and Museum's collection of miniatures, this Annunciation is framed in an architectural setting. The central panel is, of course, the encounter of the Angel and Mary. On either side, behind columns, are four prophets:
Upper left, Isaiah holds a scroll with the one word taken from his writings, probably a shorthand reference for a" shoot shall spring forth from the stump of Jesse" (Is 11:1-2).
Below Isaiah, Amos holds a scroll with the words "behold a virgin" (possibly from Amos 5:2 on the fallen condition of Zion, often personified as a maiden?); the more famous prophecy "behold, a virgin shall conceive" is from Isaiah. Could the artist have confused the two?
On the right, above, Jeremiah's scroll simply says "now"; below him the hooded Daniel's scroll seems to read "species tua," words that do not appear in the Vulgate translation of the Book of Daniel.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated this week. The image is taken from a Missal dating to 1400 (France) and is a detail of the Introit (Entrance Chant) for the Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. From the Morgan Library and Museum.



Monday, March 13, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


The Annunciation, Francesco Albani (1633).

Monday, March 6, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


In this detail of a page of a thousand-year-old sacramentary in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum, we see the depiction of the Annunciation in the opening letter of the Collect for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This lovely image is from the Cathedral of St Paul in Malta, built on the spot traditionally identified as the property of Publius, the Roman Governor who welcomed a shipwrecked St Paul and his companions. It probably helped that Paul cured Publius' seriously ill father (see Acts 28).

The depiction shows Mary reading not a book but a scroll, while in the heavens, Old Testament prophets unfurl scrolls lettered in Hebrew. Perhaps Mary is at that very instant, recalling the Scriptural words that spoke of her own role in giving the world its Savior.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image



This week's Annunciation is a detail from an Italian prayerbook (Milan ca. 1430) in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The Annunciation, by Helena Vurnik (Austria-Slovenia), Bishop's Oratory (1914)