Dante Gabriel Rossetti Study for ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)’ c.1849

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Artist
Title
Study for ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation)’
Date c.1849
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 194 x 137 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00287

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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.

October 2013

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