Minna Heimbürger

How to interpret the Virgin Mary's gesticulation in the scenes of the Annunciation of our lady

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Too oen the interpretation of pictorial and sculptured representations of )e Annunciation has been erroneous owing to an insu)cient knowledge of the meaning of the various gestures with which the Virgin Mary is described. In order to remedy this fact, the article analyses the Annunciation scenes chronologically as they follow each other during the meeting between the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin, and seen in the light of the latter’s gesticulations.

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