|St. Anne with Mary and Jesus|
by Leonardo Da Vinci
But, I digress... Now-a-days we just click on a search icon, and up pop the works of Da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Bouguereau... you name the Master. Right at our fingertips to save and use and share, paintings of every style of every era of every conceivable moment of the life of the Holy Family and the lives of the saints. It's awesome. With all its issues (and there are many), the internet can be a wonderful tool!
|Traditional holy card image|
And how dear her little girl must have been to St. Anne!
|painting by Mary Cassatt|
Of course we don't know that they actually knew the particulars of the grace that had been bestowed upon them, but it's certain that little
I wish I could find paintings of St. Anne and St. Joachim that show this! I would love to see the little family in natural loving poses with their holy child, the light of love and grace in their eyes. I wish Mary Cassatt had been of a mind to turn her talents to the Holy Family. She had such a gift for showing the miracle of the ordinary. I love to imagine little Mary singing with her mother, hugging her father, having her hair combed or her little feet washed. I imagine the hugs and tender looks that passed between parents and child, the awe and wonder and gratitude that St. Anne and St. Joachim must have felt every time they looked at their little girl's beautiful face.
It's a prayer just thinking about it.
|by Mary Cassat|