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Gabriel is at the left, holding a scroll which loops upwards around his halo. He salutes Mary, who is to his right on a different face of the pillar, differently lit and rather less well-preserved than Gabriel himself. In fact this is one of the least well preserved scenes on the entire pillar - the Visitation (below) is much clearer, although this too wraps around two adjoining faces. Gabriels robe was once green and Marys robe and mantle were originally white and pink respectively. Mary raises her right hand to acknowledge Gabriels salutation - the beginning of the Angelic Colloquy discussed in more detail here on the page for the Annunciation at Barnby.
Gabriels head and face, fortunately clear, are painted in a delicate and and expressive manner typical of the best fourteenth century painting, and many of the other scenes on the pillar show a similar loving attention to detail.
This is true of the Visitation (right), where a faintly apprehensive-looking Mary is embraced by her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth, painted as always as an older, more matronly figure, has her hair suitably bound in a barbette and pillbox-style hat very typical of womens headgear of this period. Mary wears a face-framing headress and veil, and her mantle was once green. The tender encounter is painted with great sensitivity, as this subject almost always is.
Next in chronological order comes the Christmas story, with some very fine scenes of the Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, and the Presentation in the Temple/Adoration of the Magi, which includes a rare glimpse of Simeon. These scenes complete the Infancy Cycle, and the Passion Cycle, in the upper tier of the pillar, will be here in due course.
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|St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Corby Glen, Lincs||St. Anne & Virgin/Miracles of Virgin, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks||Annunciation/Visitation, Ashampstead, Berkshire||Annunciation, Barnby, Suffolk|
|Annunciation, Chalgrove, Oxon.||Annunciation, Little Melton, Norfolk||Annunciation, Gisleham, Suffolk||Annunciation, Slapton, Northants|
|Annunciation, Sth. Newington, Oxfordshire||Annunciation, Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Annunciation, Martley, Worcestershire||Annunciation/Visitation, Faversham, Kent|
|Annunciation/Visitation/Nativity, Newton Green, Suffolk||Annunciation/Visitation, Pinvin, Worcs||Annunciation-Fring, Norfolk||Visitation, Dale Abbey, Derbys|
|Visitation, Salisbury (S.Thomas), Wilts.||The Burial of the Virgin, Pickering, N.Yorks NEW||Death, Burial & Coronation of the Virgin, Sutton Bingham, Somerset||Coronation of the Virgin, Black Bourton, Oxon|
|Background to Statue, with painted angels, Brent Eleigh, Suffolk||Virgin Enthroned, with angels, Arundel, Sussex||Virgin Enthroned, with donors, Cawston, Norfolk||Life of the Virgin, Broughton, Oxon.||Virgin & Child, with wand and apple, South Newington, Oxford||Virgin & Child, with sceptre & orb(?), Wickhamford, Worcs.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Beckley, Oxon.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Belchamp Walter, Essex|
|Death, Burial, Assumption & Coronation of the Virgin, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire||Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls, Lathbury, Buckinghamshire||The Annunciation/St Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Chapel of Our Lady of Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire NEW||Virgin & child enthroned/With SS Margaret, Catherine & Mary Magdalene, Little Wenham, Suffolk NEW|
© Anne Marshall 2002