The Annunciation

Circa 540
Mosaic
Poreč Cathedral, Croatia

The boy or youth holding back the curtain is a feature that will be seen again in this detail from a 12th-century French tympanum and in this clipeus in the reliefs of the west façade at Orvieto Cathedral. Mary's blue mantle is also typical in Visitation images in the ensuing centuries.

The whole composition has a hieratic quality. The stole visible below the hem of Elizabeth's mantle is a priestly vestment, and the shape of the house in the background suggests a small temple.

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.