The Annunciations to the Virgin Mary and to St. Joseph

5th century
Mosaic
Triumphal arch, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

The angel Gabriel stands directly to the right of the Virgin Mary, who is enthroned as in Eastern Annunciations. In the right half of the composition the angel announces the meaning of Mary's pregnancy to Joseph. This image is in the top register of the mosaics on the left side of the arch.

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More of the Annunciation
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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.