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Head of the Virgin of the Annunciation

Photo: © Dombauhütte Köln, Matz und Schenk

Lochner used a variety of artistic means to underline the message of the Annunciation. For example, the glazed, almost transparent appearance of the Virgin’s head makes her seem even more virginal than she already is with her youthful beauty. The pearls in her hair are not only an old symbol of Christ and therefore a reference to the subsequent birth of Christ, their corporeal presence also make her seem even more unreal and celestial. Her blue and white shimmering cloak and brilliant golden halo have much the same effect.

Kulturstiftung Kölner Dom Das Generationenprojekt 11.000 Sterne für den Kölner Dom ZENTRAL-DOMBAU-VEREIN ZU KÖLN VON 1842 DOMKLOSTER 4