Annunciation to the Virgin
Date early 14th century CE
Medium Tempera on panel
Dimensions 36.625 x 26.75″
Provenance Church of the Virgin Peribleptos, Ohrid, Madedonia
Housed at Icon Gallery, Ohrid, Macedonia
The character qualities of the figure shine through with their treatment—archangel Gabriel’s robs are metallic and heavenly, and his movements have an airy quality; meanwhile, the Madonna’s robs have a royal, earthly quality, and her steadfast pose is emphasized by the box canopy in which she sits. This is one side of a bilateral icon, which would have been placed upon a pole and be used in processions.