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The Annunciation, Slapton, Northamptonshire (‡Peterborough) C.14/15

Photo:T.Marshall The Annunciation, Slapton (103KB) One of the simplest, most symbolic types of Annunciation, with the Virgin and the Angel Gabriel standing on either side of a large lily-pot, a frequently found symbol of the Annunciate Virgin (unusually, the pot in this case is an ewer with a handle and a hinged lid, standing open). Two or three tall lilies in it are still detectable.
Gabriel holds a scroll, probably inscribed with suitable words from the Magnificat [Luke 1:28]. Mary’s right hand is raised in surprise or perturbation (the stages of her emotional reaction were important for painters, and there are more details about this on the pages for the Annunciation at Barnby and Little Melton).
The two figures seem to be standing on a golden pavement, and there are other pigmented areas between their heads and at the top edge of the photograph. These may once have filled in the background, showing more of the interior at Nazareth, but it is impossible to be sure now.

The painting is beside the spandrel of an arch, and close to it on other faces of the spandrels are some of the other subjects at Slapton - the Suicide of Judas, the Mass of St. Gregory, and St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata. Other paintings at Slapton now on these pages are the Weighing of Souls (with the Virgin shown again, intervening on behalf of the potentially damned), St. Christopher, the Warning Against Idle Gossip and St. Eloi shoeing the possessed horse. (And there are still more to come).

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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

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