The Annunciation - Gabriel and Mary.

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Title:The Annunciation - Gabriel and Mary
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

In this scene, we see a startled and wary young Mary cooking as she is approached by the angel Gabriel. He opens his arms in a non-threatening gesture as he comes to announce the birth of Jesus. While Mary is portrayed in a very gentle, meek, and mild light in most paintings, we know more from the story told in Luke 1 and all its allusions. The warrior angel Gabriel is coming to herald a new way of life where the establishment and world order is overturned. And we know from Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55) that she is also crying out in a song of revolution even as she accepts her role as Jesus’ mother.


Scripture:Luke 1:26-38
Luke 1:46b-55
Person as Subject:Mary, the mother of Jesus (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:BAdvt04
General Subject:Annunciation to Mary
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. The Annunciation - Gabriel and Mary, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 23, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48278 Last Updated: 2022-05-23 05:22:50 Record Created: 2006-12-15 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition