Monday, November 20, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

 In Christian iconography, unicorns are given different meanings. The
allegorical hunt of the unicorn in the Hortus conclusus [enclosed or walled Garden] symbolizes the incarnation of Christ. 
The setting is the closed garden. Mary is holding the unicorn, a symbol of Christ, in her lap. The archangel Gabriel [blowing a golden horn] appears as both herald of the birth of Jesus and hunter of the unicorn. He is accompanied by four hounds that embody the virtues of truth, peace, mercy, and justice.
Text from Das Stadtschloss Weimar( The Palace at Weimar), page 16, with additions in brackets by The Angelus Project.
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