The Annunciation

By Francisco Goya SKU:15297

Francisco Goya's ""The Annunciation"" is a remarkable painting created in the 18th century. Completed around 1782, this masterpiece captures the biblical event where the angel Gabriel announces the Virgin Mary's impending conception. What makes it truly special is Goya's innovative approach, departing from traditional religious portrayals. He infuses the scene with naturalism, using muted tones and soft lighting, bringing a human quality to the figures. The painting showcases Goya's talent for capturing emotions and his departure from conventional religious imagery, paving the way for his influential career and marking a turning point in the history of Spanish art.

63 cm

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Title: Francisco Goya’s “”The Annunciation””: A Revolutionary Artistic Departure
Year Painted: Around 1782

Francisco Goya’s “”The Annunciation”” stands as a testament to his artistic genius and marks a turning point in the history of Spanish art. Painted around 1782, this masterpiece holds a special place in Goya’s oeuvre and the broader art world.

“”The Annunciation”” depicts the biblical event where the angel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary that she will conceive Jesus. What sets this painting apart is Goya’s departure from the conventional portrayal of religious scenes prevalent during his time. Instead of adhering to the idealized and stylized representations, Goya sought to infuse a sense of realism and humanity into his work.

Goya’s innovative approach is evident in his treatment of light and color. He employs a subdued palette, with muted tones and soft lighting, creating a more naturalistic ambiance. This departure from the vibrant and elaborate colors of traditional religious art captures the attention of viewers, allowing them to engage with the scene in a more intimate and contemplative manner.

One of the most striking aspects of “”The Annunciation”” is the emotional depth and sensitivity Goya brings to the figures. The Virgin Mary’s face is filled with a mix of surprise, awe, and apprehension, while the angel Gabriel’s expression reflects his divine purpose. Goya masterfully captures their inner turmoil, revealing the human side of these biblical characters.

This painting holds immense significance in Goya’s artistic journey. It showcases his talent for conveying emotions and his willingness to break away from established norms. By infusing realism and humanity into a religious subject, Goya challenged the conventions of his time and paved the way for future generations of artists to explore new artistic possibilities.

“”The Annunciation”” also serves as a precursor to Goya’s later works, which would delve deeper into the darker aspects of human existence and social commentary. It foreshadows his shift towards a more introspective and critical approach to art, setting the stage for his influential career.

In conclusion, Francisco Goya’s “”The Annunciation”” painted around 1782, represents a revolutionary departure from traditional religious art. Its naturalistic approach, subdued palette, and emotionally rich depiction of the biblical scene make it a truly special painting. Goya’s innovative style in “”The Annunciation”” marks a turning point in Spanish art history and laid the foundation for his influential career as one of the greatest artists of his time.

Original size:
177 x 280 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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