Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate

Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate

During this Advent season, many of us are likely to be thinking of angels a little more. This painting, titled “Angel with Lilies and Pomegranate,” is one which I painted a number of years ago when I often incorporated traditional Christian symbols in my work. Throughout the centuries of art and faith, many meanings have been assigned to various objects, creating a readable narrative. Of course, the objects can have more than one meaning, but I particularly liked the use of the pomegranate as a symbol of the church - many seeds (believers) in one universal church. And sometimes they bleed. If you’ve ever hastily cut open a pomegranate, you’ll know this to be true. These are extremely difficult times for so many Christians around the world. The angel holding the pomegranate reminds us of God’s watchfulness - His enduring protection over the church, even in the worst of times. The lilies in this context represent resurrection and eternal life. Gratitude for His presence in our lives… and prayers for those who suffer for their...
Annunciation

Annunciation

How many times have we seen this brilliant, transcendent image of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Annunciation” and paused to consider the miracle moment when Mary was greeted by the angel Gabriel with the most astounding news? It’s the moment Mary said “yes” to God’s Word to her and nothing has been the same since. I am so grateful to have access to Leonardo’s sublime depiction of this unfathomable moment. The power of art to reflect and amplify can be profound and, in this case, provides a glorious tool for meditating on this Earth-altering event. I came across this post from Dominus Venustas and had to share her pairing of Leonardo’s painting with Roger Scruton’s quotes. Artists have followed the call of beauty and in doing so have given our world meaning. The masters of the past recognised we have spiritual needs. For Plato, beauty was the path to God. While thinkers of the Enlightenment saw art and beauty as ways in which we save ourselves from meaningless routines and rise to a higher level. Art and music shine a light of meaning onto ordinary life. Through them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and find consolation and peace in their presence. Extract from Beauty by Roger Scruton. *I could not have said it better if I tried* full...