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Lippi's beautiful peacock feather winged Gabriel delivers his message to Mary in her home. He tells her that she's going to have a son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Ghost.

The unusual curved shape of the picture means that it probably hung above a door in the Medici palace in Florence - a place where people would have met, just like the unexpected meeting taking place in the painting.

Digital activity at the National Gallery is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Accelerator

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