(b. 1541, Candia, d. 1614, Toledo)

The Annunciation

c. 1576
Oil on canvas, 117 x 98 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

This painting is the finest of El Greco's Italian Annunciations, and in the clarity of its design, the elegance of its poses and proportions and the harmonious relationship of its figures and setting is perhaps his most fully resolved picture in the Italian manner.