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The Virgin sets aside her Bible as the angel appears, holding out his hand and bearing lilies. Engraving after F. Barocci (?).

Barocci, Federigo, 1528-1612.

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Bible. N.T. Luke 1.26-35. Mary lays down an opened Bible on the table. She has a thin halo, while the angel has a more fiery one. Outside the window, a medieval city with a Romanesque castle, church and houses can be seen The attitudes and postures of the Virgin and the angel have varied significantly and even interchanged in Christian iconography. The plethora of differing images of the Annunciation provides a real insight into the history of emotion and its representation in gesture. The variations of the Virgin's posture provide much of the interest. Her hand is usually active; sometimes she is intently studying, sometimes she is in a gesture of almost carnal surprise. She may be glorified, or on the other hand she may kneel. Then the angel varies in relation to her: he might kneel before her. After the Council of Trent, the angel was set in the air, "reacting against", as Réau suggests, "the excessive 'familiarity' of religious art of the 15th century". On these issues, see L. Réau, 'Iconographie de l'art chrétien'. Presses Universitaires de France : Paris, 1957, vol. 2, book 2, pp. 178-187 (particularly p. 182)

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1 print : line engraving

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Wellcome Library no. 21693i

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Lettering on verso reads: Barroccio

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