Filippo della Valle
The Annunciation

1750
Low relief
North transept, Church of Sant'Ignazio, Rome

This unusual Annunciation dispenses with the objects usually placed to characterize the Virgin (book, vase of lilies, prie-dieu) and focuses her attention and ours on a basket of bread, symbolizing the body of Christ "which is given for you" in the sacrament of the Eucharist (Luke 22:19).

Detail of the Father and the Holy Spirit
Detail of the Virgin Mary

More of the Annunciation

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