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Gaudenzio Ferrari: 'The Annunciation: The Virgin Mary'
This painting is part of the group: Panels from an Altarpiece: The Annunciation

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The Virgin Mary, interrupted from her reading, raises one hand in surprise at the Angel Gabriel's announcement that she will bear the son of God (Luke 1: 26-8). Her lectern and chair reflect contemporary domestic furnishings.

This work and its companion panel of 'The Angel Gabriel' are closely related to a set of four other panels by the artist (Turin, Pinacoteca). All of these works appear to be earlier in style than Gaudenzio's Arona altarpiece which is dated to 1511.

The altarpiece may have been arranged as follows; main tier, Madonna and Child with Saint Anne and Angels (Turin) flanked by the Meeting of Joachim and Anne and the Expulsion of Joachim (both Turin); upper tier, the Almighty (Turin) centrally placed above the Madonna and Child, flanked by the Angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary.

The low vanishing point certainly suggests that this panel was intended to be placed very high.

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