Dr. Michela Ferri, Professor of Aesthetics and Sacred Art at Holy Apostles, gives us wonderful insight into a beautiful work of art portraying today’s Solemnity.

“On this Day of the Feast of the Annunciation, of the Solemnity of the Annunciation (aka “Festum Incarnationis”), I send you the image of a painting by the young Leonardo da Vinci “Annunciation”, c. 1472, oil on panel, 98 x 217 cm. Florence, Uffizi Gallery – Italy

In front of a Renaissance palace, in a lush enclosed garden that evokes the “hortus conclusus” alluding to the purity of Mary, the Archangel Gabriel kneels before the Virgin, greeting her and offering her a lily. The Virgin answers, sitting with great dignity in front of a lectern on which a book is placed.”