Monday, March 9, 2015

Pondering the Angelus with Art

Godried Schalcken, The Annunication 
used with permission under the Getty Museum's
Open Content Program


A wingless Gabriel in Godfried Schalcken's Annunciation points over Mary's head: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." Mary's gestures say it all: with one hand, she indicates her own Immaculate Heart, while the other is open to the descending grace.

For more about this 17th century oil painting, see its page on the Getty.edu site.
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