23 December 2002

Annunciation

Using similar kinds adaptations of Christian artistic idiom as I used in the Mayan Virgin and Christ Child below, I did this version of the Annunciation, setting it in the cultural context of India:



pen and ink - 1997
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Gabriel appears to the blessed Virgin Mary with the announcement that she will give birth to the Messiah, the Son of God. The messenger of God presents her with traditional tokens from Christian art--a small scepter, indicating Mary's royal lineage, and a lily, signifying her purity and favor in the sight of God. Mary is interrupted in the midst of working, grinding grain, with open Scriptures to her side. The Spirit, symbolized by a dove, already overshadows her.