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The Annunciation

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Scene depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the Archangel Gabriel that she will give birth to Christ. Situated outdoors on the flat roof of a middle-eastern house, surrounded by a low stone wall, Mary kneels, her head bowed, right hand clasped to her chest and her left hand open and extended outwards – as the winged angel hovers over her. Gabriel, to the left, with blue-pink drapery and a mane of golden hair, gazes down at Mary, extends his right hand towards her head and indicates upwards at the sky with his left hand.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 84.5 x W 53.5 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Leicester Collier, 1917

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Inscription description

Signed and dated at centre bottom: F Shields 1894


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