4. Submission (humility)
In disquiet, Mary has just heard the news. More specifically, she may show that she is reflecting on it; or maybe she is inquiring, as in Luke’s gospel, “How can this be…?” Regardless, her hands are outstretched in these first three states..
in submission, however, Mary’s hands across her breast, indicating that she has accepted God’s call to bear the Son of God and that the spirit has entered her. In the fifth state, she is alone on her own merit, without Angel Gabriel. The annunciation is over.
Although the Renaissance painter followed certain standards that were subjected to the interpretation of the viewer, everyone knew the general rules.
As I wandered the Uffizi this morning, did I observe Mary’s disquiet in Botticelli?