Monday, October 10, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Annunciation icon with St George below (late 15th century, Greek), from the Walters Museum of Art
Note the red thread/yarn in Mary's  hand, a frequent detail in Eastern icons of the Annunciation. The tradition from the "Proto-evangelium of James" (second century) imagines Mary weaving the scarlet and purple veil for the Temple when she received the Angel's message that, by God's design, she would be the true dwelling place of the Lord, whose human tissue would be "woven" in her womb.
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