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