Saturday, November 17, 2007
Some more pictures of the Annunciation
Edward Burne Jones
Definitely one of the best.
I love Edward Burne Jones. His pictures have such grace and beauty. His figures do not belong in this world.
Edward Reginald Frampton
This one very much reflects the mix of classical and medieval style that you get in Pre-Rapaelite painting (and to an extent in early Renaissance painting).
I love this style, but somehow these sort of pictures always look like they are from a fairy tale.
A very surprised looking Mary and a very earnest looking Gabriel. This Gabriel seems very conscious of the importance of his message.
God the Father makes it into this one, which I think is disappointing. The Holy of Holies contained images of cherubim, so images of angels cannot be too bad. However, I am unconfortable with attempts to portray God.
A rather more middle eastern looking Mary and a Gabriel that looks even more ethereal than Arthur Hughes's version (see below).
William Adolphe Bouguereau
A distinctly Popish artist.
Much as Bouguereau's Romanism is obnoxious, I do like the purity of his style. Bouguereau's paintings make me feel like converting to wretched Catholicism.