Arts Everyday Living: Celebrating the Holidays in Art-The Annunciation, Light in the Cathedral

Jan van Eyck, The Annunciation, 1434/1436, oil on canvas transferred to panel, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Title: The Annunciation

Artist: Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

All the arts contribute to the enjoyment and celebration of the holidays, particularly paintings. To start our visual journey, let’s contemplate the spiritual beauty of The Annunciation by Northern Renaissance artist Jan van Eyck created almost six centuries ago. Where the divine becomes reality in the quiet corner of a medieval cathedral—the sacred moment when archangel Gabriel, wearing a bejeweled robe and multi-colored wings, delivers the message of Christ’s coming to the Virgin Mary, clothed in a resplendent blue gown.










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