The Annunciation

Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), The Annunciation, 1430–1432. Tempera on panel,  Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico (1395-1455) is the focal image of the predella, or lower panel of an altarpiece, originally placed at the Convent de Santo Domingo in Fiesole, Italy. While the predella has other images, this is the central one. The archangel Gabriel comes to Mary under a portico, while at the left side of the image Adam and Eve are being expelled from the garden of Eden. This one painting juxtaposes the damnation and the salvation of humanity. Fra Angelico—or the angelic friar, as he is called—dedicated his work exclusively to biblical subjects. Cconsistent with Renaissance style, his images were particularly detailed.

Fra Angelico, The Annunciation, 1430–1432. Tempera on panel, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

The angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary that she would become Jesus' mother. Celebrated as a Christian holiday, often around March 25.

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