Wishing all of my fellow ShukerNaturalists a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year, thanking you all for reading and commenting upon my varied posts here during the past two years, and hoping that you continue to do so in 2011!
This beautiful painting, btw, which appears in the archangel feathers chapter of my latest book, Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2010), and depicts the archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she would be giving birth to Jesus, the Son of God, is entitled 'Annunciation'. The identity of the artist is unknown, but experts believe that he was either French or Dutch, and that it was painted in or around the 1370s.
I found a print of this particular painting, of whose very existence I was previously totally unaware, entirely by chance one day at a market when wondering what image I could use for a major Fortean Times article that I was planning to write on the subject of archangel feathers (and which, months after it had been published, was duly converted into the corresponding chapter on this selfsame subject in my Alien Zoo book).
Clearly, therefore, and also very aptly, my search for an illustration of the archangel Gabriel had been assisted by the Library Angel!