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The Annunciation: The Angel Gabriel
Gaudenzio Ferrari

The Angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the son of God (Luke 1: 26-8). His words, 'Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord be with you', appear in abbreviated form in Latin on the scroll.

This work and its companion panel of 'The Virgin Mary' 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.

Key facts
Artist Gaudenzio Ferrari
Artist dates active 1508; died 1546
Full title The Annunciation: The Angel Gabriel
Group Panels from an Altarpiece: The Annunciation
Date made before 1511
Medium and support Oil and tempera on poplar
Dimensions 58.4 x 58.4 cm
Acquisition credit Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number NG3068.1
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Panels from an Altarpiece: The Annunciation

The following paintings were part of a single altarpiece.