THE ANNUNCIATION, MOSCOW OR YAROSLAVL, LATE 17TH CENTURY

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Depicted against a stylised architectural background, the Archangel Gabriel on the far left holding the orb inscribed with Christ's initials, thence advancing towards the Mother of God holding a messenger's staff in his left hand and making a gesture of blessing with his right hand, the Mother of God, seated on a crimson cushion, holding a scarlet ball of thread wearing a deep purple-brown mantle, alluding to her divine destiny, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove in a ray of light descends upon her from a celestial segment of the sky where God the Father can be seen blessing the Angel Gabriel in preparation for his task