The Wallace Collection

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The Virgin of the Annunciation
  • Umbrian School
  • The Virgin of the Annunciation
  • c. 1500 - 1525
  • Painting
  • Fresco transferred to canvas and mounted on panel
  • Image size: 58.4 x 55.9 cm, with irregular arched top
    Frame size: 77 x 76 x 6 cm
  • P540
  • Smoking Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • As described in Saint Luke's Gospel (I, 26-38), the Angel Gabriel tells Mary she is to bear Jesus, the Son of God (cf. Champaigne P134, Cicognara P536 and Murillo P68). Mary’s gesture of blessing, with the two fingers of her left hand raised, is unusual in depictions of this subject. The painting recalls the work of Perugino and Pinturichio, but is too damaged and poorly executed to be securely attributed.