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one of the great museum founders, served for many years during the crucial times of its formation and was the president of the institution from 1896 to 1897. He made most of the significant gifts ever to the museum when he presented over seventy pictures by Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French, and Flemish artists of the xv to xvii centuries. His collections put the museum in a valuable position among other museums for character of its collections in which may regard almost every influential artist.
The Annunciation picture is of a religious type of art. The title of the photo seems to originate from the Biblical story where Christians celebrate the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus to Mary. God sent Angel Gabriel to appear before the Virgin Mary and told her that she would conceive a baby boy (Jesus). She would conceive the child through the power of the Holy Spirit The artist of this picture reflected this view by the images of both Angel Gabriel and Mary. The artist also made another effort of bringing in the physical appearance of the characters in the pictures. He clearly represents the man with feathers as the angel since angels used to have them and had the ability to fly. It also creates the difference in the two images, and one can differentiate between them (Angel Gabriel and Mary). From the Biblical story, Mary was shocked upon hearing the news from the Angel and the artist portrays this in the picture. The woman seen on the right side of the image seems to be in a shock as she listens from the other man.
The actual size of the image is 51.8 by 43.5 cm. The height of the picture exceeds the width by a few centimeters. The artist might have chosen this to accommodate the height of both characters images and the background that is typically crucial in determining the final view of the picture. The frame of the picture is 30 x 26 5/8 x 2 ½ centimeters. Although it has not affected the shapes in the images much, it has cut one of the shapes at the left far
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