The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner



Henry Ossawa Tanner's "The Annunciation," painted in 1897, takes a lot of inspiration from his then-recent travels in Egypt. In contrast to other paintings that depict Gabriel's visit to Mary, the humbled Mary is seen here as an adolescent in Middle Eastern clothing and without any halo or other religious symbols often seen in other paintings; the angel Gabriel appears only as a shaft of light, with no visible form.In 1898, Tanner entered this painting into the Paris Salon exhibition, where it was then purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It resides there to this day.



Includes a border on all sides to allow for matting and framing.