Inventory number
P03888
Author
El Greco
Title
The Annunciation
Chronology
1597-1600
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
315 cm x 174 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colegio de la Encarnación, vulgo de doña María de Aragón, de agustinos, Madrid, 1600-1813; Iglesia de San Felipe el Real y Casa de la Inquisición, Madrid, 1813-1835; Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1835-1838; Museo de la Trinidad, 1838-1872.

A passage from the New Testament (Luke I, 26-38) that tells of the annunciation of the Virgin's motherhood by the Archangel Gabriel and the incarnation of Christ in Mary by the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove.

The burning bush, which appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai and burned without being consumed by the fire, symbolizes the virginity and purity of Mary. On the left, on a book stand, is the book the Virgin was reading with Gabriel appeared, along with the sewing basket, an allusion to the veil of the Temple that Mary was sewing at that time, according to the Armenian Gospel of Childhood. The angelical musicians appear like happy witness to the scene.

Along with other paintings in the Prado Museum (P00821, P00823, P00825, P00828), this work was the central panel of the main altarpiece at the Church of the College of María de Aragón.

The same painter made two reductions of this canvas, which might also be sketches for it. One is in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the other at the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao.

 
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