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Last week Friday (you can click on 'previous', above to the right if you would like to view it again) I posted a picture showing part of the Shepherd's Field terrain of the RC Franciscan monks. The Sanctuary is a building on the terrain, that commemorates the angels' appearance to the shepherds, to announce the birth of Jesus.


Inside the Sanctuary, there are three altars, each located in a 'cave'. The 'cave' is like a bay window with a cupola. Behind each altar on this rounded wall, is a painting of what is described in Luke, with relation to the shepherds at the time that Jesus was born. Annunciation, devotion (the visit to the manger) and celebration. The paintings have this strong 3D feel to it, which I believe is due to the shape of the wall, that was so painted. Part of the 3D feel is the result of the technique used by the artist. In this picture, the light that shines down from the angel, really looks as if it is in front of the stars. Then one gets the idea that the angel is floating in the air. Unfortunately, a photograph cannot show that illusion. But I thought it is brilliantly done.


The picture behind this altar is the one about the annunciation.



comments (15)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2016, 02:54
Well, Louis...you did warn that angels were coming soon...
Louis: I did, yes smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Apr 2016, 03:14
Jolie reproduction de cette scène.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine
I can, actually get the feel of the artists skill from your photo, Louis. It's truly a beautiful painting!
Louis: And so were the other two pictures as well. In their setting, I even found them to be remarkable, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Apr 2016, 04:08
Fascinating stuff Louis
Louis: I thought so too, Chris.
A wonderful presentation of this beautiful painting Louis!
Louis: Thank you Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Apr 2016, 07:18
Oh, I love the flock of sheep!
Louis: A very realistic rendering, Philine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 18 Apr 2016, 07:38
I can see what you mean, Louis, but obviously it was more striking to you
Louis: It was, Lisl. This is one of those times when one experiences the brain's unique way of cropping. Being there, I saw the painting only, not all the other stuff surrounding it.
A dramatic and rather beautiful recreation of a well known scene
Louis: My thoughts, exactly, Bill. The building itself has a cupola, with a selection of light blue and white skylights, that provide the only lighting in the building. The effect is striking.
It is remarkable and as you describe. Skilfully done.
Louis: A case of a very well planned picture, in terms of the effects as well, Mary.
That photo is lovely , nice day
Louis: Hi Roland, nice to receive a comment from you. Thank you.
a fine post, Louis. i like your presentation.
Louis: Thanks a lot, Ayush.
I love this. I'm glad you shared it here.
Louis: Glad to be of service Jaquelyn
Thanks for bringing this to us Louis, it is truly a magnificent painting.
Louis: Thank you Brian. It is quite a piece of art.
The impression of angelic light is very good Louis.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. I believe that between the artist and architect, they came up with something special.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Apr 2016, 10:07
Your photo does a pretty good job of replicating the 3d effect. The stones of the arch lead the eye in and help reinforce the painter's skill.
Louis: Sorry for the late reply. Just now discovered the comment. Thank you blackdog - I hoped that removing distracting side items would help.

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