11612. THE ANGEL GABRIEL WITH LILIES, French or Italian, c. 17th-18th century. Oil on canvas. The Angel Gabriel is depicted holding Easter lilies, symbolic of Mary's purity, his right hand raised in annunciation. 22 x 28.5 inches. No visible signature. An important painting of exquisite beauty by a true old master. In need of cleaning and reframing. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired at an upscale estate sale in the 1980's.
The Annunciation, in which the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary to announce she will conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, is one of the most famous themes of Christian iconography. It has been celebrated in paintings by many of the world's most famous painters. The painter of this version is so far unknown, but certainly ranks among the very finest.
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