ANDRÉ DURAND Twenty-First Century Paintings

THE PRESENTATION OF THE VIRGIN by André Durand (2009) (Joachim, Saint Anne, Virgin, Mary, temple, steps, sacrifice)



Dimensions: 61 x 91

Oil on linen

Private collection, London



“And then when she had accomplished the time of three years [age varies depending on the artist], and had left sucking, they brough her to the temple with offerings. And there was about the temple, after the fifteen psalms of degrees, fifteen steps or grees to ascend up to the temple, because the temple was high set. And no body might go to the altar of sacrifices that was without, but by the degrees. And then our Lady was set on the lowest step, and mounted up without any help as she had been of perfect age, and when they had performed their offering, they left their daughter in the temple with the other virgins, and they returned into their place. And the Virgin Mary profited every day in all holiness, and was visited daily of angels, and had every day divine visions".

The Nativity of Our Lady from the Golden Legend

Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine,1275.
Translated by William Caxton, 1483
Volume II, Chapter 131

The Apocryphal Gospel of James

According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Anne and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child. Anne promised to dedicate the child to God’s service. Joachim and Anne are believed to have given Mary to the service of the Second Temple when the girl was three years old. Anne is the patron saint of Quebec, Brittany, the Mi’kmaq peoples, women in labor, and miners.