The angel, announcing the birth of Christ, gives a lily to the Virgin. Etching by N. Le Mire after Dubois after F. Solimena.

  • Solimena, Francesco, 1657-1747.
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Bible. N.T. Luke 1.26-35. 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 the excessive 'familiarity' of religious art of the 15th century" (Réau)


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1 print : etching ; platemark 30.3 x 41.7 cm


L'annonciation de la vierge. Solimene pinx. Dubois del. N. Lemire, et péré sculp.

References note

Louis Réau, Iconographie de l'art chrétien, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1957, vol. 2, book 2, pp. 178-187 (particularly p. 182)


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