Another Great Reason for Catholic Homeschooling:

Art History! And I get to learn too!

Consider, The Annunciation with St. Emidius, by Crivelli (1486):

The Annunciation with St. Emidius, Carlo Crivelli, oil on wood transferred to canvas, 1486, The National Gallery, London, England

The Annunciation with St. Emidius, Carlo Crivelli, oil on wood transferred to canvas, 1486, The National Gallery, London, England

I asked the fifth grader to read the text accompanying this work and identify five symbols:

IMG_5270The gourd is the symbol of resurrection from the Book of Jonas (4:6): “And the Lord God prepared an ivy,” which in Hebrew is gourd.

The man walking with St. Gabriel is St. Emidius, who is invoked for protection against earthquakes. Look at the church model in his hands. The painting was commissioned for the Church of the Annunciation, and St. Emidius is patron saint of the Italian town of Ascoli, where the towers visible on the model can still be seen today. I’m sure that apart from being patron of the town, St. Emidius is a good saint for any construction project in earthquake-prone regions!

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