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The upper layers of paint in the draperies are faded so that you can see the underdrawing – or sinopia – beneath. Traces of paint reveal that the draperies were originally blue. The figure’s pose – she recoils in fear, drawing her hand to her breast – is similar to images of the Virgin receiving the news of that she would bear the Son of God at the Annunciation.
H 39.4 x W 27.9 cm
Layard Bequest, 1916