Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

In this image from the National Gallery of Art, the Annunciation forms the center of a four-panel work by Cosmè Tura (the left panel features St Francis of Assisi; the right the young Franciscan bishop St Louis of Toulouse). The four figures are set in a mountainous area at dawn (presumably; the Incarnation was the first "dawning" of the light of redemption on our sin-weary world).


Monday, January 11, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image



This interesting depiction of the Annunciation by Giannicolo di Paolo (c 1510/1515) features the scene  as two framed paintings (tondo) with a continuous background, as if we were looking through two portholes at an event unfolding on an outside balcony.
From the National Museum of Art.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Happy New Year!
To help you begin the year praying the Angelus three times a day, here is the first of many Annunciation images for you.

I am sorry I cannot find this 15th century illumination where I originally discovered it: The Walters Art Museum. I can read in the text is "Beautiful Mother" and "We praise you...for seven joys." Presumably this is from a private owner's Book of Hours, which often contained private devotions in addition to the liturgical texts of the Office.