Hans Memling
The Annunciation

Oil on canvas, transferred from wood, 30 x 21⅛ in. (76.2 x 53.6 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975.1.113

"The carafe of water, through which light passes uncorrupted, and the vase of lilies are symbols of the Virgin's purity, while the empty candleholder signifies her imminent role as bearer of Christ, light of the world. Gabriel's priestly garb alludes to the ritual of the Mass and, therefore, the incarnation of Christ."

–Online commentary by the Metropolitan Museum

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