Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)
On loan from Tate: Purchased 1886, © © Tate, London 2017

Rossetti was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. In its subject matter and its limited use of brilliant colour this painting demonstrates Rossetti’s admiration for the purity and simplicity he saw in the work of early Italian Renaissance painters such as Botticelli and Fra Angelico. It also exemplifies a completely modern style of painting rooted in careful observation of the real world. Rossetti departs from the more formal Renaissance representations of this subject and evokes a direct and dramatic encounter between two young people in a confined space. The model for the Virgin Mary was Rossetti’s sister, the poet Christina Rossetti.

Key facts

Artist dates
1828 - 1882
Full title
Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
72.4 × 41.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
On loan from Tate: Purchased 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery