Saturday, October 29, 2011
The French artist James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902) has captured the crucial moment in the Old Testament story of Balaam. Balaam is punishing his donkey for refusing to move, the donkey speaks, and Balaam becomes aware of the angel's presence.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were consigned by Nebuchadnezzar II to the fiery furnace for refusing to renounce their faith, God answered their prayers for protection by sending an angel. The English painter Simeon Solomon shows this fourth presence as a powerful entity of guardianship and comfort.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
El Greco's painting shows a powerful angel assisting Mary on her journey to Heaven. Belief in the Assumption of Mary is part of the faiths of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and parts of the Anglican church.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Josse Lieferinxe (who worked ca 1493 - 1508), also known as the Master of St. Sebastian, shows an appropriately commanding vision of St Michael. What I find striking is that Michael's wings are barely visible, almost an afterthought.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The painting shown above, The Feast of the Rose Garlands, was made by Albrecht Dürer in 1506. It is a painting for the altar of a chapel in Venice's San Bartolomeo all'Isola, commissioned by German merchants who lived in the area.