The Annunciation (1597 – 1600) by El Greco

The Annunciation - El Greco - 1576

Artwork Information

TitleThe Annunciation
ArtistEl Greco
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions26.5 x 19.5 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid
Location Created Rome, Italy

About The Annunciation

The artwork titled “The Annunciation” was created by the renowned artist El Greco in 1576. This tempera on panel painting is a significant work within the Mannerism movement, which marked the Late Renaissance period. The artwork bears the modest dimensions of 26.5 cm by 19.5 cm and is categorized under the genre of religious painting, reflecting its spiritual theme. It is currently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, though it was initially created in Rome, Italy.

“The Annunciation” by El Greco depicts the moment in Christian theology when the Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she will conceive and become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The scene takes place within an architectural setting that combines both interior and exterior space. On the left, the Virgin Mary is seated and appears to be withdrawing in a humble fashion, her hand to her breast as a sign of her devotion and acceptance. On the right, the angel Gabriel, with outspread wings, delivers the divine message, a gesture emphasized by his outwardly pointed hand. Above, a group of angels watches the pivotal event, and the divine presence is suggested through the depiction of light and clouds, underlining the sanctity of the message being delivered. The elongated figures and vibrant use of color are characteristic of El Greco’s style and the Mannerist tendency towards artificiality and emotional expressiveness.

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