Friday, August 14, 2009

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary in Art

Christian art has a long and fascinating history. Christian Art has both a liturgical and secular history. Although the Jewish tradition had been opposed to artwork depicting humans, the Church, believing in the fullness of the Incarnation, embraced the use of images in worship. Also, the importance of symbol in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition is important when thinking about religious art. The truth of the event is many times more powerfully conveyed through the visual than through words. This is not to devalue words, just to recognize that there are different ways by which we know God and understand the Christian stories. For many Protestant Christians, the enjoyment of art or nature has been a somewhat guilty pleasure, difficult to reconcile with the faith. However, in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, the reality of the Incarnation and the value of symbolism have ensured a wonderful Christian artistic tradition. By Jonathan Bennett. Let the beauty of these works and the symbols they contain deepen your faith in a way that words often cannot. Painted for the central panel of the High Altarpiece of the church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, Toledo. This, the first work executed in Spain, is the only painting by El Greco bearing the date of its execution. It is the first large-scale painting by his hand. This painting is believed to be by Bartolome Murillo. Mateo Cerezo Assumption of Mary. Museo del Prado, Madrid The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, Central Russian icon, early 1800's. Assumption Of The Virgin 1590. Artist:Annibale Carracci Oil painting of Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary, by Francis of Sieradz. Painting by Peter Paul Rubens, which dates from 1612. The Assumption of the Virgin probably about 1475-6, by Francesco Botticini. The painting served as the altarpiece in the burial chapel in S. Pier Maggiore, Florence. Possibly the most famous rendition of the subject in Western art, Titian's Assunta (1516-18). Coptic icon of the Dormition of Our Lady The Assumption of the Virgin Mary has been a subject of veneration, doctrine and Catholic Marian art for centuries. This painting is by Rubens, 1626.

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