Saturday, January 8, 2011
I love annunciation paintings and have many favorites from the Flemish Primitives. Mary is being asked to make a profound choice. She is ready to say "yes." Have you ever thought of that part of the story and how she says yes with her whole heart? She doesn't ask Gabriele if she can get back to him later with a decision. There is usually an indication that this choice will lead to sacrifice. Sometimes painters showed a tiny Jesus flying to his mother from heaven, a cross in his arms. She is also frequently shown reading. She probably knows all about the prophecies, but she is still ready to say "yes." I think I will call this drawing, "Say Yes."
I put Mary in an enclosed garden, which represents her chastity, with a Northern Renaissance landscape in the distant background. I used flower imagery as the Northern Renaissance painters did. Each flower in the lawn is a symbol. For example, according to"From Van Eyck to Bruegel" by Ainsworth and Christiansen, plantain thrives in the trodden path and "is a symbol of the multitude that seeks the path of Christ." Most people of the Renaissance (and before) were illiterate. But they knew all the stories and symbols of the bible, and churches were designed to communicate with them. That is why Catholic churches and cathedrals all over the world are full of imagery in stained glass, stone, paintings, carvings, mosaic and statuary. They were created to appeal to all of the senses of people, and to teach without words.
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That is an amazing work of art! I think it is best not to rush some things...look at the outcome!
Thanks, Ferne! I think you are right! love, Beth
What a gift you have.
Very beautiful indeed.
Thank you, Nicole! love, Beth
Wow, your work is breath taking.
Wow. How amazing. I love all the emotion in her face.
Truly incredible! I love the flower symbolism and the beautiful tall trees.
Thanks, Sarah in the Woods, Grace, and One Pink Fish!! I'm so happy I finally finished it. Now I can go to the next thing with new energy and inspiration! love, Beth
Your work is amazing - what talent! I have just discovered your blog, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.
Wow! You are incredibly talented!
Beth, this is Beautiful. You are such an amazing artist. I'm glad you are pursuing your dream. Take care.
Oh, Beth...that is amazing! What talent and patience you have. It is always delightful to see the things you do.
Beth, I have admired this work as you have worked on it from the beginning. It has an inner luminosity from the golden glow in the wood that you left exposed that contributes to the story of the annunciation. As I told you before I have been very moved in it's presence.
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