The Annunciation Celebrated in Fine Art


Andrea Del Sarto, The Annunciation, 1528,
Andrea Del Sarto, The Annunciation, 1528,

The Annunciation by Fra Filippo Lippi
The Annunciation by Fra Filippo Lippi


The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25th,  celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, announcing that she has been chosen to be the Mother of  God. Most of all it celebrates Mary’s fiat, her willing acceptance of God’s  plan, even though she is young, a virgin and in would face censure becoming pregnant in her culture. (Luke 1:26-38)

The expressions on Mary’s face range from her initial fear, reverence, peaceful acceptance to her receiving of the Holy Spirit.

  Carlo Crivelli, Annunciation (1486)
Carlo Crivelli, Annunciation (1486)
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Francisco Goya, The Annunciation, 1785,
John William Waterhouse , The Annunciation, 1914
John William Waterhouse , The Annunciation, 1914

The feast of the Annunciation dates back at least to the fifth century, and the date of the feast, which is determined by the date

Fra Angelico,The Annunciation. fresco1438-45
Fra Angelico,The Annunciation. fresco1438-45

of Christmas, was set at March 25 by the seventh century. The Annunciation, as much as or even more so than Christmas, represents Christ’s Incarnation. When Mary signaled to Gabriel her acceptance of God’s Will, Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Annunciation by Leonardo
The Annunciation by Leonardo

   

Orazio Gentileschi,The Annunciation 1623

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 Nicolas Poussin. The Annunciation. c.1655.
Nicolas Poussin. The Annunciation. c.1655

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