The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists

Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art.


        Gottfried Helnwein


The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues through hundreds, why even thousands of years because modern artists are still fascinated by Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel.
There are so many moments to capture her initial shock, fear, sense of awe and wonder, questions, acceptance and final glorious infilling by the Holy Spirit.Each artist reflects a different facet of truth with the Spirit of God shining through each painting in a myriad of different hues and tones and nuances.


“And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.


The Annunciation 1886-96 – James Jacques Joseph Tissot

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of da704ebd2f6cb5747dc7b8783b5722f5grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.


Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.


The Annunciation – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High;

and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.


And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:


by HolyWaterColor

Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” -Luke 1:26-38


Henry Ossawa Tanner

7 thoughts on “The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists

  1. Oh, I love some (especially the HolyWater, Tanner, and Tissot) and dislike some of the others. Some of those modern ones either reduce the stature of the situation or trivialize it. But I always enjoy your blogs on art, Melanie.

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  2. I’m not a regular reader. However, I teach an art class at my parish and I happened to run across your page. It’s lovely to see contemporary Catholic art brought together in this format. However, as a word of caution, the James C. Christensen piece is a work by a Mormon artist.

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      1. Lol, I know what you mean! Artist from Brigham Young University have a very distinct flair. I spotted the work right away because it initially tricked me as well. I had it under consideration for inclusion in my class. When I ran my usual double check on the artist’s whose work we would be looking at, I found good old BYU in the artist bio. Arg!!

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    1. I help edit the Pinterest board called AWESTRUCK during the evening while the owner, a woman from South Africa, is asleep. Our biggest beef is how LDS art has infiltrated Catholic sites. It DOES have a certain feel, a lack of a sense of the Divine… I can’t quite verbalize it but YOU know what I mean. And there is s much of it, probably they have the money to back artists.


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