Annunciation, Novgorod, early 16th century (vrezka)

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Set against a stylised architectural background, the Archangel Gabriel swiftly striding towards the Mother of God with spread wings and a blowing mantle, raising his hand in blessing while Mary turns on her seat greeting the unexpected visitor, her hand open accepting God's grace, in the lower right corner the maiden looking up at the scene whilst holding a thread of wool in her hand

53.9 by 44.2cm, 24 1/4 by 17 3/8 in.