Symbols in Art: The Annunciation

Compare how different artists have depicted the Virgin Mary’s visitation from Gabriel

Christopher P Jones
Aug 9, 2019 · 6 min read
The Annunciation (circa 1472) by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). Source Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Annunciation captures many of the most common and symbolically charged motifs of the well-known biblical story. Mary is visited by an angel as she sits inside a walled garden before a Renaissance palace, evoking the hortus conclusus