UNKNOWN ICON PAINTER, Cretan
(2nd half of 15th century)
Egg tempera on wood, 31 x 26 cm
The basic formula of this subject's representation underwent little variation in the art of the Eastern Church. It is based on the Gospel of Luke (1:26-38) and the apocryphal Gospel of James (chapter 11) and shows the dialogue between the approaching Archangel Gabriel and Mary, who is either standing or sitting.