The Annunciation


13th century
Left and right of the apse in the Church of Saint Elias (Croatian Sv. Elizeja, sign in local dialect Isei)

This is most likely the preliminary announcement narrated in Pseudo-Matthew. Mary stands outside a building, presumably the Temple, and there appears to be no arriving dove. But there are also new features that start coming into use at this time. The vase in the bottom left has flowers in it, and Mary holds her hand to her breast, as will be the rule in the 14th century and beyond.

The image of Mary in full resolution
The image of Gabriel full resolution
More of the Annunciation

Date of fresco provided by Forterre. Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.