This picture of figures cradled by an angel dates from the 12th century. The headdresses suggest that these are nuns; the red robes suggest martyrdom. I don't know anything else about the illustration.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
This is part of an engraving by Gustave Doré. It illustrates the account of the Resurrection from Mark 16: "On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side..." of the open tomb. Christ has risen; he has risen, indeed.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I wish I knew the source of this illustration. It is included in one of Dover's collections of royalty-free art, but there is neither a description of the image nor an attribution.
It is possible that the angels are simply guarding the Lord's body, but from the position of the hands, to me it looks like they are preparing to open the tomb.
If you know anything about the source of this image, would you please leave a comment?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This sweet picture of Jesus, Mary, and musical angels was painted by Marianne Stokes in 1893 when she was 38 years old.
While an exhausted Mary rests her head on the hay, an alert baby gazes at the viewer. The baby is attended by two angels who have taken the form of somber children. The red of their robes may pre-figure the Passion of Christ. The mood is quiet, except for what one imagines is soft music played by the angels.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
"For the most part, the spiritual guidance of angels is so unobtrusive as to go undetected. They will never compromise our free will. We are never forced to follow that which would be spiritually beneficial for us." --Louisa May Alcott
Icon of St Michael, Greek, 14th Century
Friday, April 15, 2011
"The angel is actually the message himself. His appearance is the message that heaven is intensely concerned with us..." --H.C. Moolenburgh
Detail of Joachim's Dream by Giotto di Bondone, a fresco in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever. --Benedicite, trans. Book of Common Prayer
O all ye fowls of the air by Edward A. Fellowes-Prynne
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
"The angel is then called spirit and fire: spirit, as being a creature of the intellectual sphere; fire, as being of a purifying nature..." --Gregory of Nazianus
Angels Dancing in Front of the Sun, 15th Century, Italian
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
...even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!" Jude 1,9
Miniature from the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, c. 1410-1416
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
What interests me about this painting of the Annunciation is that both Gabriel and Mary seem to be in an attitude of prayer. Gabriel is not confronting Mary, but rather serving as a conduit. The clear message in their posture as well as in Gabriel's gesture to Heaven is that this message comes from God.
The painter symbolizes each figure in flowers, as well: Gabriel with the lily and Mary in the purity of the white rose.
The Annunciation by William Bouguereau, 1888