About the Painting

The Angelus was painted in the late 1850s by the French artist Jean-Francois Millet. My kids and I studied Millet last year and learned that he was born a peasant and later painted scenes like this that were familiar to him.

Something about this worn, humble couple, pausing to pray as the bells tolled in the distance, speaks to me. They pray for things yet to be, for growth and harvest, acknowledging their complete dependence on God’s grace.

I grew up looking at this framed print in my parents’ bedroom. Ironically, my mom got it at a yard sale from the homeschool family down the street.

Today it’s in my kitchen.