1. The Annunciation, by Botticelli. Angel Gabriel is pleading with Mary to saying yes to being the mother of God, while Mary is resisting: No way! I don't want to go through all the pain that my son will experience.
2. The Nativity, by Hugo Ver der Goes. The scene is filled with foreboding; no joy present.
3. The Pieta of San Romigio, by Giottino. Agony, deep grief, no hope.