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The Annunciation | Unlocking Christian Art in the Bode Museum


A film in a series about Christianity’s central figure: Jesus Christ. It focuses on the Annunciation, discussing a sculpture by Francesco di Valdambrino (c.1420) and a painted altarpiece from Lucca from (c.1500–10), both in the Bode-Museum.

Presented by VCS Director Professor Ben Quash and Deputy Director Dr Jennifer Sliwka.

Artworks: Francesco di Valdambrino Annunciation m234; Lucca, Annunciation inv. Kat. III.098 (Sammlung Solly).

Produced in partnership with the Visual Commentary on Scripture, King’s College London and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, these short films tell the story of Jesus with the help of the treasures of the Bode-Museum and the Gemäldegalerie, both sculpture and painting. These films are designed to equip users to understand, read, and enjoy some of Europe’s greatest works of Christian art, as well as the texts that inspired them, and to encourage fresh interpretation and insight in today’s audiences.