Monday, October 16, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image




This week The Angelus Project features a two-page spread from a 15th century French Book of Hours. On the left page, Anne of France (“one of the most powerful women of late fifteenth-century Europe”) kneels in prayer as she “witnesses” the Annunciation from behind the Angel Gabriel, while the Virgin occupies the entire right page.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This week (Friday) marks the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the conclusion of a series of earthly visits by Mary to children just as World War I ("the war to end all wars") was about to inaugurate a century of unprecedented violence that continues to blaze across the world. For such an anniversary, the almost apocalyptic style of El Greco is fitting for our Annunciation image of the week. This is the third El Greco image that has been featured on The Angelus Project; you can find the earlier two El Greco depictions of the Annunciation here.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This Annunciation, framed by a rosary of blossoms, seems perfect as we begin the Month of the Holy Rosary! From a 15th century French Book of Hours in The Morgan Library and Museum,

Monday, September 25, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

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J. W. Waterhouse provides a modern-looking Annunciation scene in an image painted over 100 years ago.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


The background of this Annunciation (from a French Book of Hours ca 1375) seems to replicate the halos of Mary and Gabriel, while bursting with leaves as if a continuation of the lily plant between them. From the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum. Gabriel's scroll reads "Gloriae et".

Monday, September 11, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


Veronese's stunning 1558 image can be found in the Basilica of Sts John and Paul ("Zanipolo") in Venice.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image


Reduced to the barest minimum: This German Annunciation has no outdoor or indoor setting, no furnishings, no other context for us than the simple words on the ribbons held in the left hand of each: "Ave, Gratia Plena..." and "Ecce Ancilla Domini..."  The almost 1,000 year old image comes from a psalter in the collection of The Morgan Library and Museum.