Monday, March 28, 2016

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art

During the Easter Season, the Angelus is traditionally replaced with the "Regina Coeli," sharing Mary's joy in the Resurrection of Jesus. There are few artistic representations of the Virgin Mary on Easter Day. Far more common are images of the Coronation of Mary: the full participation of the Mother in her Son's victory over sin and death. "Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God," that we, too, "might be made worthy of the promises of Christ!"

In this image from the Getty collection, the Coronation of the Virgin is superimposed on scenes from the book of Esther, the Jewish queen who saved her people from genocide.

By the Master of the Lübeck Bible (Flemish, about 1485-about 1520).

Monday, March 21, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Last week's image was by Rogier van der Weyden. Scholars see this work by Hans Memling (thought to be the left wing of a diptych), as based on a (strikingly similar) design by van der Weyden (Memling was a member of van der Weyden's workshop).
For more info, see the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The only information I have on this splendid depiction of the Annunciation is that it is by Rogier Van der Weyden, and dated 1450. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This popular (and, at 5'7'', monumental) Annunciation is by Eugène Emmanuel Amaury Pineu Duval (more commonly known as Amaury-Duval), and was commissioned by the French government in 1856.