On display

Ecce Ancilla Domini (1580)

Ecce Ancilla Domini ("Here Is God's Maid") is an oil painting by English artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, first painted in 1850. The title The Annunciation is also used for this work.

Rossetti deliberately used a limited colour range for this oil painting. The predominance of white, symbolic of virginity, is complemented by vibrant blue (a colour associated with Mary, though notably not used in his The Girlhood of Mary Virgin in 1849 and shown below) and red, for Christ's blood. Lilies are traditionally the symbol of Mary in Italian Renaissance art, but they are also considered funereal flowers, indicative of Christ's death.