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The Virgin Mary is visited by Gabriel.
The Annunciation
Ink
17 x 15
2017

Here, the Archangel Gabriel visits the Virgin Mary to tell her she will give birth to Jesus.

A familiar scene, Gabriel is frequently anthropomorphized to the point where he essentially resembles an attractive human with wings and a halo. My depiction attempts to example his magnitude and glory as the original scriptures may have intended it.

As for Mary, modern depictions tend to make her appear much older and more illustrious than she would have looked at the time of Christ's conception, and I attempted to make her appear more like an average, Middle Eastern teenage girl, whereas it's her quiet dignity and regality that makes her appear Gabriel's peer.

"She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,
be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

The angel answered,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God."

- Luke 1:29-35