Monday, September 24, 2018

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This Annunciation by Dominicus Custos is from a series of illustrations of the Creed. If you look in the background, you see the fulfillment of Gabriel's words with a small Nativity scene visible as if through a window. "Conceived by the Holy Spirit" and "born of the Virgin Mary": two points from the Creed in one image!

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

From a "Follower of Pieter Coecke van Aelst" comes this unpretentous Annunciation, currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art comes this etching and engraving ("printed from 2 plates") by
Joseph Parrocel. Rather than the more usual title of Annunciation, it bears the title "Conception de nostre Seigneur Iesvs Christ" and thus conforms more closely to the liturgical sense of the March 25 Solemnity ("The Annunciation of the Lord").



Monday, September 3, 2018

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs at the end of the week, so in honor of Our Lady's birthday, the Annunciation this week comes from one of the world's great masterpieces, the Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck.

The intricate work consists not only of the twelve panels visible when it is fully opened; even when its panels are closed it makes a substantial theological and artistic statement. The Annunciation is depicted on this "closed" set of eight panels, and consists of the entire midsection (horizontal). Gabriel and Mary are seen on opposite ends of a single (and otherwise empty) room. There is barely enough room between Mary's head and the ceiling for the Holy Spirit!


Open those "doors" and you are transported to Paradise, where the Lamb conceived in Mary is the focus of adoration: