The Annunciation of the Death of the Virgin

Samuel van Hoogstraten Dutch

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This painting depicts an unusual subject, an angel’s visitation to the Virgin Mary to announce her impending death. Spotlighting the Virgin as an object of veneration, the painting was destined for the private devotions of a Catholic patron. Van Hoogstraten was Protestant, but he shared with many other artists of the era a readiness to cross religious boundaries in pursuit of a wide clientele.

The Annunciation of the Death of the Virgin, Samuel van Hoogstraten (Dutch, Dordrecht 1627–1678 Dordrecht), Oil on canvas

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