The annunciation by Philip McMullen


Philip shows the awe and tenderness of the visit of the angel to Mary in his unique and beautiful style.

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The verse on the back of the greetings card reads, ““I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38

“The Annunciation, as a subject for drawing and painting, has a long history. During the Renaissance, great painters such as Giotto, Fra Angelico and Leonardo da Vinci tackled the subject. However, there technical issues to consider.  The way the figures of Mary and the Angel Gabriel interact is absolutely key, as Mary hears the good news that she is to give birth to the Messiah, Jesus.  I  did not want the angel to appear sentimental. Instead, I wanted to show his holiness and other-worldliness and the real space he occupies to talk with Mary. Mary is in a pose of reverence, submission and joy. I hope (the Lord willing) to return to this subject. It is a rich tradition and always present a challenge.”  Philip

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Greetings card (1 card pack), Greetings card (2 card pack), Greetings card (6 card pack), Luxury canvas print, Masterpiece framed print (choice of frames), Mug, Poster, Premium framed print (choice of frames), Premium mounted print, Small mounted print


Philip McMullen

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