Angel of the Annunciation


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20

This image of archangel Gabriel was originally paired with a depiction of the Virgin Mary, whom he addresses. Though its subject is impending birth, it may once have decorated a tomb. In Venice and Verona, the area from which this sculpture comes, a number of intact tombs include an angel of the Annunciation and the Virgin at either side, emblematic of the Christian story of salvation through Jesus.

Angel of the Annunciation, Mud-wackestone with traces of polychromy, Italian

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