On the Painting:Our Lady gazes out to the right towards St. Gabriel as he announces that she will bear the Son of God. Her face is tender and brave, no longer fearful or worried, but ready to accept the Will of God.
In the full painting, Mary can be seen kneeling at prayer, and at this moment has turned around to greet the angel. The theme of emphasizing Mary at prayer during the Annunciation is such a beautiful reminder for us of the necessity of prayer in order to discern God’s Will for our lives.
Phillippe de Champaigne was born to a poor family in the Netherlands. He lived from 1602-1674 and spent most of his life working in France painting the French court and, especially later in life, religious subjects.
This alla prima study is part of my training arc for painting the Litany of Loretto Marian series, which I’ve begun to develop on my Patreon! You can find out more about it here.
No prints will be made of the master copy studies.
Painted on an archival panel; linen mounted on 3/8″ plywood. It cannot hang by itself, but will fit in most standard 5×7 frames.