Philippe de Champaigne (1602 - 1674)
- The Annunciation
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 334 x 214.5 cm, maximum
Object size: 355 x 239 x 11 cm
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- This painting illustrates the moment in St Luke’s Gospel when the Angel
Gabriel tells Mary that the Holy Spirit, symbolised by the descending dove,
will cause her to bear the son of God. Champaigne painted at least eleven
pictures on the same theme. This is a late version, in which the studied
composition, with the figures of the Virgin and the Angel involved in a silent
dialogue, conveys a great sense of dignity and monumentality.
The painting was probably made for the church of Saint Catherine-de-la-Culture in Paris, being listed among the parish’s possessions after the French Revolution.
The painting was acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford in 1845, at the sale
of Cardinal Fesch in Rome.