Lectionary of Henry II Annunciation to the Shepherds

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Lectionary of Henry II Annunciation to the Shepherds
Lectionary of Henry II
Annunciation to the
Shepherds
Tanner and Eric
Info
The picture portrays an angel announcing the
news of Christ’s birth to shepherds.
The angels extended arm is supposed to give it a
sense of authority and instruction.
Its gold background is influenced by Byzantine
culture.
Tempera on vellum
The Piece
Artist & Time Period
Unknown Ottonian artist
between 1002-1014
Opinions
Tanner: The work really shows the power held
by the angels and the urgency of the news of
Christ’s birth. I find the fear from the shepherds
towards the angel to be interesting.
Eric: I think the painting demonstrates how
people were scared of religion. Jesus and
Christianity had so much power that people
trembled in their presence. This painting shows
this well.