The Annunciation to Mary is related in the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 1:26-38.
The Angel Gabriel is sent to Nazareth by God to announce to Mary that she will give birth to a son whom she will name Jesus. Knowing no man, the Angel tells her that the Holy Spirit will come to her and cover her with His shadow.
Mary is surprised when she reads the texts in her house near her fenced garden (hortus conclusus) (Daniel Arasse, "The Italian Annunciation, a story of perspective").
Standing, slightly inclining her head, the Virgin puts her right hand on her chest, the left hand opening a book placed on a sheath representing an angel with claw foot.
Alabaster, Italy, 2nd half of the 16th c.
Accidents, old restorations, and erosion. A little finger is missing.
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