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The Annunciation
François Lemoyne

According to Saint Luke’s Gospel, the archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin that she will give birth to Jesus.

This depiction of the subject is signed and dated 1727, the year the artist was awarded a prize for history painting by Louis XV. It may have been commissioned by the then headmaster of Winchester College where it was installed in 1729.

Its painted arched top suggests an arched frame was originally intended.

Key facts
Artist François Lemoyne
Artist dates 1688 - 1737
Full title The Annunciation
Date made 1727
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 208 x 127 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit On loan from Winchester College
Inventory number L1122
Location in Gallery Room 33
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