This work is one of the most famous in the work of the British, who was not only an artist, but also a writer, translator.
The Annunciation is one of the most important events and holidays of Christianity. An innocent virgin named Mary made a vow of lifelong celibacy and chastity and led a godly life. So pure and blissful that God looked upon His child and by His grace decided that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The Lord sends the land of the Archangel Gabriel to tell Mary this good news. This plot is depicted on the canvas.
Despite the fact that the painting is one of the most famous works of the master, rightfully recognized as a masterpiece, as mentioned above, in the 19th century it was very sharply met by critics, not every canvas met such a condemnation. This is due to a deviation from canonical laws: we see a frightened Mary, moving away from Gabriel, who thought, perhaps, that this “man” wants to encroach on her honor. It is believed that Mary, who prayed during the divine appearance, rejoiced with unspeakable joy, but she was not at all afraid. Therefore, a similar image was criticized.
However, the rest of the artist respects reliability: the color scheme is simple, but it is enough to convey the solemnity of the moment. Lily in the hands of an angel, as well as white robes - a symbol of purity and purity. A little blue on the canvas is peace and tranquility, because it is the color of the sky, where the messenger came from and where the Lord lives. And very little red symbolizes the death of the future child of Mary - Christ.
Thus, this masterpiece personifies not only the good news about the birth of the Savior, but also the sad news about His death on the Cross. That is why the picture met with strong disapproval.
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