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The Annunciation, c. 1503

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471 - 1528
woodcut on laid paper
30 x 21.4 cm; image: 29.7 x 21.1 cm
Purchased 1963
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15114)

This print illustrates the scriptural account of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin that she would give birth to Christ. In the tympanum arch overhead is a relief carving of the Old Testament heroine Judith, depicted with the head of Holofernes, a prefiguration of Mary’s victory over the Devil. The Devil himself appears chained beneath the stairs.


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