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  • Icon: The Annunciation

    Technique:
    tempera on panel and gilding
    Dimensions:
    84x70 cm

Icon: The Annunciation

Russia, 16th century

It is thought that this icon of the Annunciation is the work of a 16th-century Novgorod artist. The subject is taken from the Gospels, in which we read how the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary with great tidings of the forthcoming birth of a Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The artist showed Mary turning her head towards the angel shyly. In her open right hand and in the left hand which rests on her knee we see red thread with a ball and a spindle. This was the standard representation of the Annunication as found on icons and Holy Doors (the central doors in an iconostasis or altar screen) in the 15th to 17th century. We can trace elements of the Novgorod traditions in the bright contrasting colours and wealth of red.

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Icon: The Annunciation

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tempera on panel and gilding

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84x70 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1948; transferred from the Exchange Fund of the State Hermitage Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-62

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