The Annunciation by Rogier van der Weyden is a painting from one of the central panels of a triptych. Today, this artwork is divided between the two museums – the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes, in Brittany and the Louvre, in Paris. This painting depicts the moment Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce her future pregnancy, which according to Christian beliefs is marked as a beginning of Jesus Christ’s incarnation and God’s plan for salvation.
The painting appears with an open window and an empty fireplace signifying Mary’s virginity according to medieval beliefs at that time. It showcases all signs of classic Van der Weyden Renaissance revival art: use of fine luminescent jewel-like colors combined with distinctive motifs like golden sleeves, folds in Mary’s garments and bright yellow rays around Gabriel’s head. This painting stands as an example of dedication and level to which Rogier van der Weyden applied himself towards late part of his career.
Next in line amongst significant historical paintings is The Death Of General Wolfe by Benjamin West, dating back to 1770. It presents an iconic battle scene featuring English General James Wolfe during the Battle of Abraham Heights in Quebec during French and Indian War. This Baroque Artwork marked a major shift in style for West as it was first instance where he moved away from traditional European paintings patterns into American history studies.