Monday, October 28, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

You'd never know from looking at il Guercino's 1646 masterpiece that the artist was a largely self-taught painter nicknamed "Squint-eye." His eye seems to have been as exquisite as his technique!

Guercino, like many artists of his day, was called upon to create a number of Annunciations. But in more than one he offered a unique perspective: All the action is going on in Heaven, while on earth, Mary is as yet unaware of the way her life (and ours!) is about to change.

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Having worked for months on the 2015 restoration of the Guercio Annunciation, restorer Licia Tasini gives us a sense of the size of the painting.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

By French artist Maurice Denis (1870-1943), this Annunciation is set in a formal garden. (Is that a tiny kneeling figure just behind Gabriel?

Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

Monday, October 14, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

Bernardino Fungai's Virgin of the Annunciation appears to be listening very closely to Gabriel's message. (May she obtain for us a similar grace of hearing the Word of God!)

Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

Monday, October 7, 2019

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

On the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a depiction of the First Joyful Mystery by Italian artist Corrado Giaquinto (1703-1766), from the Yale University Art Gallery.

Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery