Rubens depicts the Archangel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. Behind Gabriel, a ring of cherubs encircles a dove, representing the Holy Spirit. God the Father sits high above, resting his arm on a large sphere and extending his scepter downward. In the foreground, below Mary, is a group of sybils (female prophets). The movement, dynamism, and theatrical gestures are all characteristic of Rubens's work

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