Jacob de Wit 1695 – 1754

The Annunciation to Mary

oil on canvas (207 × 166 cm) — 1723 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jacob de Wit biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:28

When the angel greets Mary, she shrugs back and raises her hand as if she wants to ward off the angel. He then tells her not to be afraid and that she will soon bear a special child.

In the top centre is a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit.

De Wit made this painting for the chapel of a catholic orphanage in Amsterdam.

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