Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Study for ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)’

c.1849

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 194 x 137 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1959
Reference
T00287

Display caption

This drawing relates to Rossetti’s oil painting Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation) in Tate’s collection, illustrating the biblical scene in which the Angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary. Rossetti shows the young woman facing the viewer, revealing her wonder and alarm at the angel’s visitation.

The figure of Mary was modelled by poet Christina Rossetti, the artist’s sister.

Gallery label, October 2013