Studies of Hendrick Goltzius' Angels
Size: 18 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches
The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary the birth of Jesus Christ.
Now in the sixth month [after that], the Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth.
To a girl never having been married and a virgin engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women!
But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean.
And the Angel said to her, Do not be afraid. Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.
And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus.