The Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis
The Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis

The Annunciation

The Annunciation c1712 by Italian Painter Paolo de Matteis (1662 – 1728); that specialized in creating religious works of art during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

This painting by Matteis depicts the Biblical event when the Angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her that she will conceive a son through a Virgin Birth and that she is to name the child Jesus; and that this child is the Christian Messiah and the Son of GOD; making her the mother of Jesus Christ.

In the painting we see Mary reading from the Holy Scriptures that are situated on a pedestal that has a red embroidered knee at the bottom, when Gabriel appears with a long green stem white flower in his left hand that is outstretched toward her as she bows her head to his presence.

Below Gabriel are two large voluminous white clouds that have 6 baby angels floating on top and in them; and in the background there are more clouds with 5 more clearly visible baby angels and another one that is just beginning to come through the clouds.

Then at the very top is a white dove (that may represent the Holy Spirit), that is illuminated from behind by a radiating star burst that is looking down at Mary as she receives the news of the blessing to come.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

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