- Reference number
- El Greco
- The Annunciation
- Ca. 1570
- 26,7 cm x 20 cm
- On display
- Adquirido por el Estado español a doña Concepción Parody, 1868; Museo de la Trinidad.
In keeping with iconographic tradition, the Virgin turns in surprise at the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel and the Holy Ghost.
This work is very close, compositionally and stylistically, to the Annunciation of the Modena Triptych, but it is not known whether it is a sketch for that work, or an autograph reduction.
Probably painted in Venice just before 1570, this piece seems to be inspired by the work of Titian, although the architecture in the background and the tile flooring in the room hearken to Tintoretto. These were the two painters who most influenced El Greco.