Annunciation (1879) by Edward Burne-Jones

Annunciation - Burne-Jones, Edward - 1879 - 2

Artwork Information

ArtistEdward Burne-Jones
Mediumstained glass
Dimensions250 x 104 cm (98 2/5 x 41 in)
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNational Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
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About Annunciation

Edward Burne-Jones’s ‘The Annunciation’ is a pre-Raphaelite oil on canvas painting produced in 1879. The artwork portrays the Virgin Mary standing in awe of the angel Gabriel, who gazes at her intently. Burne-Jones chose a vertical and narrow canvas, reminiscent of stained glass art that he became renowned for. Inspired by Renaissance Italian artists, the painter used somber colors with illuminating effects to achieve an evocative and spiritual feel.

One of Edward Coley Burne-Jones’s works, ‘The Annunciation,’ serves as one strand in the developing tapestry of Aestheticism during the 1860s-1880s. The British artist and designer was intricately linked to the later stage of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He advocated for a return to classical art styles that emphasized naturalism, paying strict attention to detail.

‘The Annunciation’ currently resides in Liverpool’s Lady Lever Art Gallery and is available as a 100% handcrafted replica today given its public domain status. Beyond being a stunning addition to an art collection, it invokes comfort and serenity when contemplated closely due to its unique expression style which captivates any audience regardless of their religious backgrounds or artistic leanings.

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