|Feast of the Rose Garlands by Albrect Durer|
I am continually amazed by the great beauty that the Catholic faith has inspired in the world. I have been studying this one painting off and on for the last two days in preparation for today's feast. The image I enventually settled for is inadequate, but if you will follow the Culturekiosque link below, you will be rewarded with a large and lovely one.
According to Culturekiosque:
"Considered a landmark work in the transition between the late Gothic and the Renaissance, The Feast of the Rose Garlands was created during Dürer’s sojourn in Venice in 1506. It was commissioned by German merchants, settled around the commercial center known as the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, as the altar painting for their chapel in the parish Church of San Bartolomeo. The commissioners selected the theme: the painting depicts an ideal congregation of the Brotherhood of the Rosary. The Virgin with the Infant Christ, Saint Dominic and the angels dispense on the gathering of the faithful a symbolic blessing in the form of rose garlands. To the left are representatives of the clergy with the Pope at their head, while on the right the representatives of secular power receive the blessing. "