Tuesday, July 26, 2016

St. Anne Update – 2016

Bernardino Luini, St. Anne
Italian, 1523
Philadelphia, Museum of Fine Art
July 26th is the feast day of Saints Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus.  They, especially St. Anne, have been important saints for most of the life of the Church and frequently featured in Christian art.  

Over several years I have posted various images of Saints Anne and Joachim.  The number keeps growing because, as the internet becomes a more widely available tool, the number of museums and libraries that are making their collections available online keeps growing.  Further, museums and libraries that were early participants in making collections available by releasing parts of their holdings keep adding to their online presence.  Since Anne and Joachim have been important for so long, we are still only seeing the tip of the iceberg of images that probably exist.
Each year I propose to continue to add to the collection of images available through this blog as new ones become accessible.   I will endeavor to link these images with the essays about their iconological type which I did in 2011. 

So, now I present the 2016 additions to the iconography of St. Anne.

Jean Bellegambe, Pregnant St. Anne
French, c.1500
Douai, Musee de la Chartreuse

Master of the Getty Epistles, Education of the Virgin Mary
from Book of Hours
French (Tours), 1525-1540
New York, Pierpont Morgan Library
MS M452, fol. 140r

Education of Virgin (ivory carving)
 (Chinese?), 17th century
Paris, Musee Guimet, Musee national des Arts asiatiques

Anna Selbdritt
German (Bavarian), 1472
Paris, Musee de Cluny, Musee nationale du  moyen age
Circle of Daniel Mauch, Anna Selbdritt
German, c.1500
Marseille_Musee Grobet Labadie

Defendente Ferrari, Madonna and Child with St. Anne
Italian, 1528
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
Dirk van Hoogstraten, Virgin and Child with St. Anne
Dutch, 1630
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

Jean Fouquet, Holy Kindred
from Hours of Etienne Chevalier
French (Tours), 1452-1460
Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France
MS Nouvelle acquisition latine 1416

Master of the Legend of St. Anne, Holy Kindred
Netherlandish, 1475
Philadelphia, Museum of Art

Master of the Legend of St. Anne, Holy Kindred
Netherlandish, 1475
Philadelphia, Museum of Art
Attributed to  Matthaeus Gutrecht the Younger, Holy Kindred
German, c.1500-1510
Philadelphia, Museum of Art

Wood Carving, Holy Kindred
Austrian (Tyrol), c.1515-1520
London, Victoria and Albert Museum

Colin Nouailher, Holy Kindred
French, 1545
Paris, Musee du Louvre

St. Anne's mother, identified by the name of Emerencia or Emerantia, was often included in the Holy Kindred or the Anna Selbdritt images.  But, occasionally, she was accorded an image of her own.

Jan Provost, St. Emerencia, Mother of St. Anne
Flemish, c.1500
Paris, Musee du Louvre

St. Anne, Patron and Intercessor

Bartel Bruyn the Younger, Catharina von Siegen, nee Kannegiesser, with St. Anne and Virgin and Child
German, c..1565-1575
Philadelphia, Museum of Art

 Prayer to Saint Anne
"O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen."

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