Continuing our theme of angelic annunciations from yesterday, I have chosen as today’s advent offering a painting by one of my other favourite artists – Marc Chagall. This is a depiction of Abraham’s encounter with the three divine messengers (Genesis 18), who come to give him and his wife Sarah good news about the impending birth of their son Isaac. In Chagall’s painting, the messengers sit round Abraham’s table – wings fluttering, feet dangling – seemingly tucking in with relish to the sumptuous feast he has prepared for them. Abraham, meanwhile, stands by rather nervously, not sure, perhaps, what’s going on.
Like yesterday’s offering, the colours in this picture are absolutely gorgeous, the brilliant red background and the brightness of the angels’ wings and garments suggestive of an atmosphere that pops with festive spirit. I just wish Abraham would relax, take a seat at the table, and enjoy the party.