Fra Angelico — Archangel Gabriel Annunciate, 1431–33.

Painting: tempera and gold on panel, 31 x 26 cm. Detroit Institute of the Arts, Michigan, USA..

One of two panels in the Detroit Institute depicting the moment when the angel Gabriel visits the Virgin Mary and announces that she is to conceive and deliver the son of God, marking his [earthly] incarnation.
The original provenance and function of the two panels is uncertain. Though they are clearly fragments, it has never been ascertained whether they had been cut out of a larger composition, were the subsidiary part of an altarpiece, or constituted the wings of a diptych. Source

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