This painting depicts the archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she will bear the son of God. Overhead, the dove of the Holy Spirit hovers among lively angels. The trend in Spanish art toward more intimate and emotional portrayals of religious scenes is evident in the crisply painted details of the book, furniture, and garments contrast with the smoky shadows around the faces of the two main figures, evoking both the physical reality and psychological intensity of the event.


  • Title: The Annunciation
  • Creator Lifespan: 1598/1664
  • Creator Nationality: Spanish
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Madrid, Spain
  • Creator Birth Place: Fuente de Cantos, Spain
  • Date: c. 1650
  • Location: Seville, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: w124.49 x h85.63 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1900
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Artist/Maker: Francisco de Zurbarán, Spanish, 1598 - 1664

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