Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Top 3 Great Paintings of the Annunciation

A reader of the blog, Christian (whose blog Smaller Manhattans should be added to your "must read" list ASAP) commented on my recent list, Top 5 Favorite Images of Our Lady, adding a couple of his own favorite pics, both of the Annunciation, specifically

tanner annunciation
The Annunciation by Henry Tanner


annunciation - isenheim altarpiece
The Annunciation by Matthias Grünewald

Both of which are great devotional images. My personal favorite painting of the Annunciation, however, has to be

Annunciation Uffizi
The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli
The positioning of the hands of Gabriel and Mary strongly suggest the coming of the Holy Spirit and the conception of Our Lord. Of course the pallet is strong and the image seen through the window is captivating. However, it is the look on Gabriel's face, one almost of fear and awe, that makes this both my favorite Annunciation and my favorite Botticelli.

Do you have a favorite painting of the Annunciation?

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