Sculpture of the Annunciation at Exeter Cathedral

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Sculpture of the Annunciation at Exeter Cathedral

This superb group of sculptures was placed within the south porch of Exeter cathedral’s image screen in the years c. 1342-7. It displays all the richness and drama of the late Decorated style at Exeter.

The upper pair of sculptures, now headless, are the Angel Gabriel (left) appearing to the Virgin Mary (right). Gabriel’s body shows the ‘S’ shaped curves typical of this period, whilst Mary is cast back in surprise. Both wear garments which gather in elaborate folds, the hems curving back and forward as they descend towards the feet. Below, Moses looks on (left) as an angel tells Joseph of Christ’s birth.

Acknowledgments: S. Blaylock, Exeter Archaeology