Audio Stop 510
Jan van Eyck
The Annunciation, c. 1434/1436
West Building, Main Floor - Gallery 39
This painting, which was probably once the left wing of a triptych (a work of art divided into three sections), depicts the Annunciation as described in the book of Luke. Religious symbolism is present in every detail. In the background, the murals and single stained-glass window of the dark upper story of the church refer to the Old Testament, while the lower part of the building, dominated by transparent, triple windows symbolizing the Trinity, refers to the New Testament. The idea of passing from old to new is further seen in the transition from the Romanesque round-arched windows of the upper story to the early Gothic pointed arches of the lower zone.