[The Annunciation]

The Annunciation
A. Rapoport

A. Rapoport's rendering of the Annunciation is a gift within the collection of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute. Executed as mixed media and relief on plywood, this icon- style painting illustrates the whirlwind of God's mighty Spirit as he roars and storms through skies and city before settling down, now all gentle and life-giving breath, in Mary's heart and womb. Rapoport, a recently-deceased Russian artist, combines in this artwork elements of Russian constructivism and the ancient Byzantine art form of icon painting. The monumental painting of the Annunciation. It not only announces and situates the event, but also highlights and "explains" its nature and meaning.