Leonardo da Vinci: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci It’s been 500 years!  All of Italy – and the world – is celebrating Leonardo da Vinci’s life by remembering his death on May 2, 1519. I  am familiar with his most famous paintings, which have become mythological themesContinue reading “Leonardo da Vinci: The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne”

Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation

There were three at the first meeting held in the home of John Millais’s parents in 1848: John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.  Humble beginnings for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that would soon expand to include other kindred spirits who shared their intent on transforming the art world. The Brotherhood had fourContinue reading “Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation”

The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations

The story of the Annunciation is one of the most frequent themes in Christian art, most notably depicted by the artists of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This is a story of connection between humanity and infinity, between the known and the unknown – of miracles, birth, and redemption.  Is it any wonder that artistsContinue reading “The Annunciation – Journeys & Destinations”

The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli

  The Annunciation generally includes two figures – Mary and the winged angel, Gabriel. Carlo Crivelli, an Italian Renaissance painter, had a different idea when he used artistic adaptation in “The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius.”  Who is Saint Emidius? you may ask, as I did when saw a third figure of a man in deepContinue reading “The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius by Carlo Crivelli”

Fra Angelico – The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico Welcome December!  It is winter’s month of celebration that signals festive music, scintillating lights and the aroma of cinnamon and chocolate. Amid long-awaited family gatherings, last minutes shopping, eggnog and steamed pudding, there is a gentle call to find a quiet time of reflection.  December signals an ending of aContinue reading “Fra Angelico – The Annunciation”