Monday, December 18, 2017

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

In this image by Antoniazzo Romano, the influential Cardinal Juan de Torquemada (not to be confused with Inquisitor-nephew Tomás) kneels close by Gabriel, introducing three maidens whose dowries he had sponsored. The size of the Cardinal and girls relative to Gabriel and Mary, and not simply their kneeling position, indicates their humble status when compared to the company they are in.

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