El Greco 1541 – 1614

The Annunciation

oil on canvas (315 × 174 cm) — 1597-1600 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

El Greco biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:28

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Mary greets the angel who brings her the big news: she is to have a son.

Between them is the bush that Moses saw burning without it being burnt. It symbolizes Mary's virginity.

On the floor is a temple veil. According to an Armenian story, Mary was working on it at that moment.

In the top is a group of angels playing music.

El Greco made this painting as part of an altarpiece for the church of the monastery Lady Mary of Aragon in Madrid. The altarpiece also included a Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Pentecost.

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