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The Annunciation

Artist
Paolo de Matteis, Italian, 1662–1728
Date
1712
Material
Oil on canvas
Place made
Naples, Italy
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 204
Dimensions
81 1/8 x 70 1/8 in. (206.1 x 178.1 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
69:1973
NOTES
In this scene from the biblical New Testament, the archangel Gabriel arrives bearing news that the Virgin Mary will bear a child, the infant Jesus. The clouds beneath the messenger, his accompaniment of winged cherubs, and a golden glow, make it clear that he is divine. A dove in the golden aura near the top of the canvas symbolizes God sending the child into Mary’s womb. The artist used soft colors and delicate forms to evoke a sense of poetic ideal.
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