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ID number:  BIRBI-65.2/7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Raimondi, Marcantonio (c.1480-1527/34)
Title / Object name:  The Life of the Virgin - The Annunciation
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1506-8
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Paper: 294 x 210 mm; mount: 557 x 405 mm
Provenance:  Series purchased from Professor L.J. Wills, May 1965, for £10

Depicting one of the most popular scenes in Christian art, the grand architectural elements that engulf the subjects in this print are an exercise in perspective and foreshortening. The dove of the Holy Spirit illuminates Mary’s face, while God the Father hovers in the distant clouds. The vase of lilies symbolizes purity, whereas Judith with the head of Holofernes calls to mind Mary’s victory over the Devil, who, with the head of a badger, is chained underneath the stairs.

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