'The Annunciation' by Fra Filippo Lippi

07/12/2012 9:15 am

The Annunciation by Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi - about 1450-3

Theme: ‘Interiority and finding quiet space’

In the second of our podcasts to explore the relationship between faith and art, Fr James Hanvey SJ, reflects on the meaning of and symbolism in Fra Filippo Lippi's painting of 'The Annunciation' (dated about 1450-3). He says:

"As we stand and contemplate this picture I suppose it's an invitation to us, as we begin our journey of faith, Mary was also beginning her journey. It wasn't one that maybe she had chosen for herself, but it was one that she was invited to, and I suppose it's that capacity, faith creating that opportunity, that we need to take time to listen, to listen deeply to what's happening in us and what's happening around us because it is there that God will speak to us."

You can find out more about the painting by visiting the National Gallery's excellent website.


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'The Annunciation'

Dr James Hanvey SJ looks at a work from around 1450: 'The Annunciation' by Fra Filippo Lippi.   2-hanvey-annunciation.mp3 5.00 MB