Presentation at the Temple (Lorenzetti)

Ambrogio_Lorenzetti_-_Presentazione_di_Gesù_al_tempio_-_Google_Art_Project

Blessed Feast of the Presentation! The feast is also called Candlemas, for the tradition of blessing the beeswax candles on this day. Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s gigantic 1342 masterpiece depicting the presentation of the Lord at the temple rewards close study. Here’s the whole thing:   And details: [Read more...]

A Middle English Poem About the Assumption

As a footnote to my posts about the last days of Mary, here’s a lovely little Middle English poem about the Assumption. It’s a pretty easy read, but I translated it anyway to clarify a couple of obscure words. Crist sayde to hur: “Com, my swete, com, my flour, Com, my culver, myn owne boure, Com, [Read More...]

Tanner’s Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

Today is the 153rd birthday of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the great American artist who painted my favorite depiction of the annunciation: Mary is depicted as a young, humble Jewish girl encountering the Holy Spirit as light. Her expression is a mixture of fear, wisdom, understanding, and resignation. I don’t see joy in Tanner’s Mary: I see girl [Read More...]


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