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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

David Leeming


In Christianity the term “Annunciation” refers to the angel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary that she will become the mother of Jesus.

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Botticelli's fifteenth-century depiction of the Annunciation shows the Virgin Mary demurely responding to the news from the angel Gabriel that she will conceive the Christ child. Ainari/Art Resource, New York. Uffizi, Florence, Italy