- Museum number
- Object: The Annunciation to the Virgin Mary
Icon; upper part of a 'Royal Door'; painted; on the left side of the door is the Archangel Gabriel moving towards the Virgin. He wears a blue-green 'chiton' with red 'himation' and holds a sceptre in his left hand; with his right hand he appeals to the Virgin in an oratorical gesture. On the right is the Virgin, sitting in a chair and turning towards the angel. She has just stopped spinning yarn, her gesture eloquent of her humble submission to the will of God.
Egg tempera, gold and gesso on wood.
- Production date
Height: 58.50 centimetres
Thickness: 3.80 centimetres
Width: 87 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The sanctuary doors are at the centre of any iconostasis ensemble in an Orthodox church and lead to the altar. Although there are variations in their iconography – some may depict the four Evangelists, the Eucharist or the Church Fathers – they always have the Annunciation at the top. The iconographic formula of the Museum’s icon is traditional and based on the Gospel text (Luke 1:28–38).
Cormack 2007, 102 and 105, fig. 64 and 131, no. 74.
- Not on display
- The icon is composed of two fragments from the upper part of a sanctuary door which have been glued together and reinforced with a vertical bar on the back and a supporting wooden bar at the bottom. The surrounding paint layer has been removed and priming added to it later.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Annunciation
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 1998,0605.1 Most of the items catalogued under 1998,0605 were acquired by Sir Frank Roberts’ wife, Cella.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 75 (Icon Collection number)