Monday, February 25, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

An unknown German artist created this lovely Annunciation sometime in the 16th century. From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This unusual image by American artist George Hitchcock seems to depict Mary just after Luke's Annunciation narrative ends: "then the Angel left her" (Lk 1:38). Mary is seen as a Dutch peasant girl standing not with a solitary lily denoting her purity, but in a whole field of white lilies.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This week there are two engravings by the late 15th century artist Martin Schongauer. The images strip away all architectural details (except for a bit of floor where a bit of shadow may fall) and focus our attention only on the messenger and the Virgin.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.




Monday, February 4, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

This week's Annunciation may have a kind of double pedigree when it comes to sanctity. First of all, of course, there is the holiness of the theme: the Incarnation. But there is a second level in this particular work of art, and that is hinted at in the coat of arms at the top (added after the initial weaving): it is the coat of arms of Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua (1466-1519). In 1568, an heir to Francesco's title of Marquis was born. We know him as St Aloysius Gonzaga.

From the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Used under the Creative Commons License.

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/111307/the-annunciation?q=annunciation