My Favorite Theme in Art – The Annunciation

My Favorite Theme in Art – The Annunciation

I’ve been blessed to visit some of the greatest museums in the world, and I’m always fascinated by the large amounts of Catholic art on display. It makes sense to some extent, because have the greatest inspiration possible – Divine Love. No other flowery, romanticism can compare to the power of the love of God. Still, I’m most fascinated by how people often try to remove it from its context and message to only focus on the aesthetic beauty.

Exactly 9 months before Christmas, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation every March 25th. This celebration is a very big deal. Yes, the nativity is where the world got to meet Jesus Incarnate, but it was at the Annunciation where the Infinite God entered a finite world and took on flesh. This is the very moment that inspires us to bow during our proclamation of the Credo (Nicene or Apostle’s Creed).

For years, my favorite pieces of art have focused on this very important event. The other reason I really enjoy this theme is because it combines two of my favorites topics – Mary and Angels. This is truly a unique event when an angel, a very high celestial being, speaks to a humble young woman with a greeting that no other human has every received – “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

Everyone has their own interpretation of how they envision St Luke’s account of the event. Each one focuses on different emotions, actions, and perspectives of this world-changing event. Here are some of my personal favorites.

Henry Ossawa Tanner - Annunciation

Henry Ossawa Tanner – Annunciation

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli

Carl Heinrich Bloch -The Annunciation

Carl Heinrich Bloch -The Annunciation

Catherine Andrews - Annunciation

Catherine Andrews – Annunciation

Mikhail Nesterov - Annunciation

Mikhail Nesterov – Annunciation

Dan Thompson - Annunciation

Dan Thompson – Annunciation

David Metropolitan

David Metropolitan

Ecce Ancilla Domin i-Gabriel Rossetti - Annunciation

Ecce Ancilla Domin i-Gabriel Rossetti – Annunciation

JamesChristense - TheAnnunciation

James Christensen – The Annunciation

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C.S. Lewis Conference, The Brilliance, and My Paintings

C.S. Lewis Conference, The Brilliance, and My Paintings

The Hill Country Institute will be hosting a conference on C.S. Lewis in San Antonio this weekend. The conference, entitled C.S. Lewis and the Divine Presence: Living the Mystery of the Indwelling God, will be held at Trinity University on April 13, 2013 9AM-9PM.


As a big fan of C.S. Lewis, I’m very excited about this conference and learning from some of the great speakers. It’s always a joy for me to participate in ecumenical gatherings, especially around the concepts and ideas of such a great man.

Learn more or buy tickets for the conference.

The Brilliance Concert

The day will end with a concert by The Brilliance at 7PM.

The Brilliance

I’ve been talking about this band for a while. True creative artist making some of the best contemporary music to praise our Lord. If you aren’t able to make it to the whole conference, make it out to see them while they are in the area.

Art Exhibit

I am honored to have been invited to show some of paintings as well. I’m very excited because it will be the first time that the entire series of my angel paintings will be together in one place since they were finished. I will also have a few other paintings to share.

If you’re going to the conference of the concert, please stop by, visit my exhibit, and I would love to meet you.

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A Creation Liturgy [CD Review]

A Creation Liturgy [CD Review]

Gungor is one of my favorite bands these days. Read my blog over at Austin Catholic New Media where I review their latest CD release.

This month, the Denver-based Christian-collective, Gungor released a new album entitled A Creation Liturgy. This past Spring, I wrote a review on an EP released by the band The Brilliance, also based in Denver, after a concert I attended here in Austin featuring both bands. I’ve wanted to write a review of their music for a year now, and this release provided the perfect opportunity to bring them back into conversation.

It might seem odd that a Catholic blogger would continue to do reviews covering Protestant-written music, but I think we have a lot to learn from these talented musicians. I’ve also been pointing out a growing trend of other Christian musicians that seem to be discovering more of the treasures the Catholic Church has to offer.

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