The Annunciation

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1887

Artist:

George Hitchcock
American, 1850–1913

About this artwork

In George Hitchcock’s unusual presentation of the Annunciation, the virgin is depicted as a Dutch peasant girl standing in a field of lilies. Traditionally, the lily is a symbol of the angel Gabriel, and Mary’s downcast eyes and humble stance imply that she has received his divine message. Hitchcock spent much of his life in Holland, and his work synthesizes elements of several European art movements. The choice of a religious subject, the unusual composition, and his interest in the effects of sunlight and shadow reflect the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites, the Symbolists, and the Impressionists on Hitchcock’s work.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

George Hitchcock

Title

The Annunciation

Origin

United States

Date

1887

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Goe Hitchcock/ op xxxvi 1887"

Dimensions

158.8 × 204.5 cm (62 1/2 × 80 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Potter Palmer Collection

Reference Number

1930.1289

Extended information about this artwork

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