The Annunciation by Robert Campin (ca. 1375–1444)
This is a very unusual Annunciation picture by Robert Campin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art gives a detailed description of the painting.
“In a novel departure from tradition, the Annunciation is imagined as taking place not in a church but in a Netherlandish house, with objects providing visual cues for devotional instruction. The lily signifies the purity of the Virgin, who is seated on the ground, reading, to suggest her humility and piety. The Virgin’s husband, Joseph, is shown diligently at work; the mousetrap displayed on the window ledge is an allusion to the cross the unborn Christ carries in the center panel (according to Saint Augustine, the cross was the mousetrap with which God caught the Devil).”
You will notice that beneath the triptych we isolated and enlarged unborn Christ carrying the cross that was referred to in the above description. To see the triptych enlarged click on the above painting.
Blessed Columba Marmion who was devoted to the cross of Christ wrote the following:
“We ought not to consider Christ’s Sacrifice as offered only at the time of the Passion. Christ is a Victim from the moment of the Incarnation, and it is as Victim that He offers Himself…. He accepted to fulfill all that was decreed: He said to His Father: “Behold I come”: Ecce venio (Heb 10:7). The initial act of offering whereby He wholly yielded Himself up, virtually contained all His sacrifice….” .
Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B.
Christ The Ideal Of The Monk
2 Comments so far
Leave a comment