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.

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Leonardo Da Vinci - detail from Annunciation

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 painting:

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Leonardo Da Vinci - Annunciation