Christmas 2011

"The Annunciation"

"The Annunciation," 1462
Alesso Baldovinetti

"The Annunciation," 2008
Kirby Kendrick


Since the middle of the second century, artists have made images of the annunciation:
the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary, a virgin, that she would conceive and
become the mother of Jesus, the son of God. Scholars tell us Mary was probably a
simple village girl of 15 and was betrothed to Joseph, an older man and a carpenter by
trade. Can you imagine the shock and fear Mary must have felt on seeing the vision of
this angel and hearing his astonishing message? After some assurance by Gabriel, the
Bible gives us Maryʼs response:

“Behold, I am the handmaid to the Lord. Be it done to me according to thy word.”

Have a blessed Christmas!



  1. Carol Simms December 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I am happy to see an angel. Also tired of happy holidays. Merry Christmas. Carol Lee

  2. Veronica Rickard January 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    We are very fortunate here in Australia to have the Renaissance exhibition with paintings on loan from the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy. Accademia is renovating its display spaces, and the museum is temporarily closed so Canberra’s National Gallery is exhibiting the Renaissance paintings. The paintings have a beautiful luminous quality, the best ones are Raphael, Titian and Lotto.

    And in Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW there is a major exhibition of Picasso works from the Picasso Museum in Paris. A wonderful collection.

    I enjoy your blog!

  3. Gustavo Layfield April 5, 2012 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Some truly terrific work on behalf of the owner of this web site , perfectly great articles .

    • kkeditor April 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Many thanks, Gustavo! We’ll keep em comin’! Kirby

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