The Feast of the Annunciation – Mary’s faith and courage captured in art

Annuncation SMFIf you look back over the past 400 years, it seems like capturing the angel Gabriel’s conversation with the Virgin Mary has been a dream of hundreds of artists. The oldest surviving icon of the Annunciation is on the walls of the Catacomb of Priscilla on the Via Salaria in Rome, Italy, from the second half of the second century A.D.  During the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, most of the great masters used their gifts to acknowledge the pivitol visit on canvas and fresco, or in wood or bronze. And still today, artists feel compelled to portray the Annunciation through their eyes, their experiences,  their spiritual canvas.

To those of us who celebrate Mary’s great faith and humility, artwork can serve as an inspiration to say “yes” when God asks the seemingly impossible.

Please take a few minutes to reflect upon the Gospel of Luke as captured in incredible works of art and beautiful music.  We’ve prepared a Microsoft Office PowerPoint slideshow with music. Simply click on the link below and follow these steps:

  • Click on “enable editing”
  • Click on “slideshow”
  • Click on “from beginning”

Click here for the Annunciation Slideshow with music