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The Archangel Gabriel appearing to St Zachary
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17th Century
Born 13-10-1634 Italy, Died 3-1-1705
The Archangel Gabriel appearing to St Zachary
[L'Arcangelo Gabriele appare a Zaccaria]
c 1650
oil on canvas
133 x 91 cm  [HxW]
Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Napoli

A supernatural light illuminates the many figures in this dramatic canvas. Zaccariah was a priest in a temple where the angel appeared to tell him he would become the father of St John the Baptist. The vision rendered him dumb until the birth so that he communicated with his hands to the congregation.

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